"Beast." In the Bible, a huge beast, often thought to be a hippopotamus, elephant, rhinoceros, or buffalo.

15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

Metaphorically, a huge or monstrous creature; something enormous, especially a big and powerful company.

From Hebrew bĕhēmōṯ, intensive plural of bĕhēmāh, "beast." The Hebrew word is perhaps a folk etymology of Egyptian pehemau, "water-ox," the name for the hippopotamus.



  • Job 40:15-24.