Des'sail (Δεσσαού v. r. Λεσσαού, perh. for Chald, דַּישׁוּ, i.e. דַּישׁוּת, trituration; Vulg. Dessau), a village (κώμη, castellum) at which Nicanor's army was once encamped during his campaign with Judas (2 Maccabees 14:16). There is no mention of it by this name in the account of these transactions in 1 Maccabees or in Josephus, but Ewald conjectures (Gesch. Isr. 4:368 note) that it may have been the ADASA SEE ADASA (q.v.) in the same region (1 Maccabees 7:40, 45; Joseph. War, 3:6).

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