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Meaning: meadow of the house of Maachah.
This was the name of a city in northern Israel, in the neighborhood of Dan and Ijon, in the tribe of Naphtali. It was a place of considerable strength and importance. It is called a “mother in Israel”, i.e., a metropolis (2 Sam. 20:19). It was besieged by Joab (2 Sam. 20:14), by Benhadad (1 Kings 15:20), and by Tiglath-pileser (2 Kings 15:29) about B.C. 734. Elsewhere, it is called Abel-maim, meadow of the waters, (2 Chr. 16:4).
Its site is occupied by the modern Abil or Abil-el-kamh, on rising ground to the east of the brook Derdarah, which flows through the plain of Huleh into the Jordan, about 6 miles to the west-north-west of Dan.