Levi

/lee"vuy, lay"vee/; for 5 also /lee"vee/, n.
1. a son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:34.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3. original name of Matthew (def. 1).
4. a Levite.
5. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "a joining."
/le"vee/, n.
Carlo /kahrdd"law/, 1902-75, Italian painter and writer.

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I
In ancient Israel, the third son of the patriarch Jacob.

Levi became head of the clans of religious functionaries known as Levites. Unlike the 12 tribes of Israel, the Levites were given no allotment of land when Canaan was conquered. They are thought to have performed subordinate services associated with public worship, serving as musicians, guardians, Temple officials, judges, and craftsmen.
II
(as used in expressions)
Bowen Norman Levi
Coffin Levi
Heller Yom Tov Lipmann ben Nathan Ha Levi
Levi Primo

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