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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A god mentioned in Ezekiel, generally identified with the Greek Adonis (q. v .), the memory of whose fall was annually celebrated with expressions first of mourning and then of joy all over Asia Minor. Adonis appears to have been a symbol of the sun, departing in winter and returning as youthful as ever in spring, and the worship of him a combined expression of gloom, connected with the presence of winter, and of joy, associated with the approach of summer.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Tammuz'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/t/tammuz.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.