Etymology

The name Lebanon (“Lubnān” in standard Arabic; “Libnén” in the local dialect) comes from the Canaanite (and common West Semitic) root “LBN”, meaning “white” which could be regarded as a reference to the snow-capped Mount Lebanon. Occurrences of the name have been found in three of the twelve tablets of the Epic of Gilgamesh (2900 BC), the texts of the library of Ebla (2400 BC), and 71 times in the Old Testament.The name is even recorded in Ancient Egyptian as Rmnn, where r stood for Canaanite

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