来自希伯来语，传说中通往上天之门。bab, 门。ilu, 神，词源同Allah.
- babel:  According to Genesis 11: 1–9, the tower of Babel was built in Shinar by the descendants of Noah in an attempt to reach heaven. Angered at their presumption, God punished the builders by making them unable to understand each other’s speech: hence, according to legend, the various languages of the world. Hence, too, the metaphorical application of babel to a ‘confused medley of sounds’, which began in English in the 16th century.
The word has no etymological connection with ‘language’ or ‘noise’, however. The original Assyrian bāb-ilu meant ‘gate of god’, and this was borrowed into Hebrew as bābel (from which English acquired the word). The later Greek version is Babylon.
- capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Hebrew Babhel (Gen. xi), from Akkadian bab-ilu "Gate of God" (from bab "gate" + ilu "god"). The name is a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning "confused medley of sounds" (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.
- 1. The result was a mishmash a Babel - like mix .
- 结果产生出一种巴别( Babel )式的语言大杂烩.
- 2. Amid the babel of voices, Hurstwood heard one close beside him.
- 在一片混乱声中, 赫斯渥听到一个声音就在他身边说话.
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- 3. At this the babel of voices broke loose again.
- 4. A babel of voices could be heard from the schoolroom.
- 5. A babel of voices could be heard from the street.
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