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Cain in the Bible, the eldest son of Adam and Eve, and murderer of his brother Abel after Abel's offering to God of a lamb was accepted by God, while Cain's sheaves were rejected. Cain is the first murderer of humankind, and from this becomes a fugitive and outcast.
curse of Cain the fate of someone compelled to lead a wandering life, like Cain after the killing of Abel (Genesis 4:11–12).
land God gave to Cain a name for Labrador, referring to Cain's banishment by God to a desolate land ‘east of Eden’. The term derives from a remark attributed to the French navigator and explorer Jacques Cartier (1491–1557), on first discovering the northern shore of the Gulf of St Lawrence (now Labrador and Quebec).
mark of Cain a mark placed on Cain by God, initially as a sign that he should not be killed or harmed, later taken as identifying him as a murderer.
raise Cain cause disturbance or confusion (recorded from the mid 19th century).

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Cain

Cain First-born son of Adam and Eve, brother of Abel. His story is recounted in Genesis 4. God accepted Abel's offering in preference to Cain's, who murdered Abel in anger. Marked by God to preserve him from being murdered, Cain was driven from the Garden of Eden and lived in exile in the land of Nod.

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Cain / kān/ • n. (in the Bible) the eldest son of Adam and Eve and murderer of his brother Abel. PHRASES: raise Cain inf. create trouble or a commotion.

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Cain

Cain (kān), in the Bible, eldest son of Adam and Eve, a tiller of the soil. In jealousy he killed his brother Abel and became a fugitive.

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Cain. Eldest son of Adam and Eve and brother of Abel: see Genesis 4. 1–16.

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