/ab"i gayl'/, n.
1. the wife of Nabal and later of David. I Sam. 25.
2. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "joy of the father."

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(as used in expressions)
Adams Abigail
Abigail Smith
Foster Abigail Kelley
Abigail Kelley
Susan Abigail Tomalin

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▪ biblical figure
      in the Old Testament, the wife of Nabal of southern Judah, on whose death she became one of the first wives of David (1 Samuel 25) and the mother of his son Chileab. The name Abigail was also borne by David's sister (1 Chronicles 2:16), who was the mother of Amasa, commander of the army of Absalom. From the former (self-styled “handmaid”; 1 Samuel 25:25) is derived the colloquial use of the word for a waiting woman.

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