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Noun: Jacob  jey-kub
  1. French biochemist who (with Jacques Monod) studied regulatory processes in cells (born in 1920)
    - Fran├žois Jacob
  2. (Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning 'one who has been strong against God')

Derived forms: Jacobs

Type of: biochemist, patriarch

Encyclopedia: Jacob, Grandfather of Jesus