Personal and place-name, perhaps meaning “fortress.”

Fortified city in the lowland plain (Shephelah) of the territory of Judah identified with modern Khirbet Qila, about eight miles northwest of Hebron and 18 miles southwest of Jerusalem. David rescued the city from a Philistine attack but later withdrew fearing the populace would hand him over to Saul (1 Sam. 23:1-13). The city was rebuilt by the returning exiles (Neh. 3:17-18). One of the traditional sites of the burial place of Habakkuk.

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
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