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English Dictionary: eunuch by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
eunuch
n
  1. a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction; "eunuchs guarded the harem"
    Synonym(s): eunuch, castrate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Eunuch \Eu"nuch\, n. [L. eunuchus, Gr. [?], prop., keeping or
      guarding the couch; [?] couch, bed, + [?] to have, hold,
      keep.]
      A male of the human species castrated; commonly, one of a
      class of such persons, in Oriental countries, having charge
      of the women's apartments. Some of them, in former times,
      gained high official rank.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Eunuch \Eu"nuch\, Eunuchate \Eu"nuch*ate\, v. t. [L. eunuchare.]
      To make a eunuch of; to castrate. as a man. --Creech. Sir. T.
      Browne.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Eunuch
      literally bed-keeper or chamberlain, and not necessarily in all
      cases one who was mutilated, although the practice of employing
      such mutilated persons in Oriental courts was common (2 Kings
      9:32; Esther 2:3). The law of Moses excluded them from the
      congregation (Deut. 23:1). They were common also among the
      Greeks and Romans. It is said that even to-day there are some in
      Rome who are employed in singing soprano in the Sistine Chapel.
      Three classes of eunuchs are mentioned in Matt. 19:12.
     
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