1) to offer firstlings or firstfruits
2) to take away the firstfruits of the productions of the earth which was offered to God. The first portion of the dough, from which sacred loaves were to be prepared. Hence term used of persons consecrated to God for all time.
3) persons superior in excellence to others of the same class
Part of Speech: noun feminine
Citing in TDNT: 1:484, 81
From a compound of G575 and G756; a beginning of sacrifice, that is, the (Jewish) first fruit (figuratively): - first-fruits.
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