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Origin of the name DAGON.
Etymology of the name DAGON.
Meaning of the baby name DAGON.


DAGON (דגון).  Biblical.  [Hebrew Daghon = "great fish"].  This is the Hebrew form of the Assyrian Dakan, which see. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).

    The patron "god" of the Philistine town of Ashdod (Azotus), where he had a great temple.  He had others at Gaza and elsewhere (Judg. xvi. 23; 1 Sam. v. 1-7; 1 Chron. x. 10).  [Samson.]  Simon Maccabæus, after defeating the Philistines, drove them into the temple of Dagon in Ashdod, then setting fire both to the city and the temple (1 Macc. x. 84; xi. 4).  The idol is considered to have had the head, arms, and upper parts of human form, while the lower parts tapered away into the tail of a fish.  Diodorus Siculus (ii. 4) mentions an idol, called Dercetus, of similar form as having existed at Ashkelon, another Philistine town. (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894)


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