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Jo"nah, n.

Defn: The Hebrew prophet, who was cast overboard as one who endangered the ship; hence, any person whose presence is unpropitious. Jonah crab (Zoöl.), a large crab (Cancer borealis) of the eastern coast of the United States, sometimes found between tides, but usually in deep water.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Jonah - A dove,
the son of Amittai of Gath-hepher. He was a prophet of Israel, and predicted the restoration of the ancient boundaries (2 Kings 14:25) of the kingdom. He exercised his ministry very early in the reign of Jeroboam II (2)., and thus was contemporary with Hosea and Amos; or possibly he preceded them, and consequently may have been the very oldest of all the prophets whose writings we possess. His personal history is mainly to be gathered from the book which bears his name. See: Book of Jonah
It is chiefly interesting from the two-fold character in which he appears,
(1.) as a missionary to heathen Nineveh, and
(2.) as a type of the "Son of man."

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