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Meaning: little fish; diminutive from dag = a fish
the fish-god; the national god of the Philistines (Judges 16:23)
This idol had the body of a fish with the head and hands of a man. It was an Assyrio-Babylonian deity, the worship of which was introduced among the Philistines through Chaldea.
The most famous of the temples of Dagon were at Gaza (Judges 16:23-30) and Ashdod (1 Samuel 5:1-7).
God twice felled the Dagon idol in its temple as the ark of the covenant was displayed before it, and smote its worshippers with emerods (1 Samuel 5:1-12).