Pronunciation: (tä'mooz; for 1 also tä-mOOz'; for 2 also tam'uz), [key]
1. the tenth month of the Jewish calendar. Cf. Jewish calendar.
2. a Sumerian and Babylonian shepherd god, originally king of Erech, confined forever in the afterworld as a substitute for his consort Inanna or Ishtar.
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