Adam Ad"am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster]

2. (As a symbol) ``Original sin;'' human frailty. [1913 Webster]

And whipped the offending Adam out of him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Adam's ale}, water. [Coll.]

{Adam's apple}.

1. (Bot.) (a) A species of banana ({Musa paradisiaca}). It attains a height of twenty feet or more. --Paxton. (b) A species of lime ({Citris limetta}).

2. The projection formed by the thyroid cartilage in the neck. It is particularly prominent in males, and is so called from a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit (an apple) sticking in the throat of our first parent.

{Adam's flannel} (Bot.), the mullein ({Verbascum thapsus}).

{Adam's needle} (Bot.), the popular name of a genus ({Yucca}) of liliaceous plants. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ADAM — (אָדָם), the first man and progenitor of the human race. The Documentary Hypothesis distinguishes two conflicting stories about the making of man in Scripture (for a contrary view, see U. Cassuto, From Adam to Noah, pp. 71 ff.). In the first… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ADAM — En hébreu, le nom commun adam , toujours employé au singulier, signifie «homme» en tant qu’espèce et non en tant qu’individu de sexe masculin. L’étymologie en est discutée. Le récit de la Genèse (II, 7) l’a rapproché du mot adamah , «terre», mais …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Adam — may refer to: * Adam (name), a common given name and surname (list of people in that article)Adam, as a word or as an abbreviation, may also refer to:* Adam (Bible), the first man according to the Abrahamic religious tradition * Adam Kadmon, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Adam — bezeichnet: eine Person, die in der Bibel und dem Koran als erster Mensch benannt wird, siehe Adam und Eva den ursprünglichen Menschen in der kabbalistischen Lehre, siehe Adam Qadmon einen Familien sowie männlichen Vornamen, siehe Adam (Name)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Adam — • First man and father of the human race Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Adam     Adam     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Adam — 〈m. 6〉 1. 〈nach bibl. Überlieferung〉 der erste Mensch 2. 〈fig.〉 der Mensch schlechthin ● den alten Adam ausziehen ein neuer Mensch werden; in ihm regt sich der alte Adam der sündhafte Mensch in ihm, der Mensch, der Versuchungen zugänglich ist; im …   Universal-Lexikon

  • ADAM — (Heb. אָדָם), city on the eastern bank of the Jordan River mentioned in Joshua 3:16 as the place where the Jordan ceased flowing at the time of the Israelite crossing. It also appears in the inscriptions of Pharaoh Shishak (10th century B.C.E.).… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Adam — Adam, Édouard Jean * * * (as used in expressions) Adam, pico de Adam, Robert Elsheimer, Adam Mickiewicz, Adam (Bernard) Oehlenschläger, Adam Gottlob Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr. Sedgwick, Adam Sienkiewicz …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Adam — Sm erw. grupp. (12. Jh., als Appellativ) Onomastische Bildung. In der Bibel Name des ersten Menschen, zugleich hebräisches Wort für Mensch, Mann (hebr. ʾāḏām). Seit dem 12. Jh. verschiedene Wortverwendungen, die meist unmittelbar von Bibelstellen …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Adam — Adam1 [ad′əm] adj. [after Robert and James Adam, 18th c. Brit architects, its originators] relating to a style of English furniture and architecture characterized by straight lines and ornamental motifs of garlands, medallions, etc. Adam2 [ad′əm] …   English World dictionary

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