Jericho (/ˈdʒɛrɪkoʊ/; Arabic: أريحا Arīḥā [ʔaˈriːħaː] is a hebrew word and
The meaning of the name Jericho is unclear, and that’s probably because in the Old Testament, the name Jericho comes in three differing variations:
As ירחו (Jer’cho) in Numbers, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, 2 Kings 25, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Jeremiah.
As יריחו (Jericho) in Joshua and 2 Kings 2.
As יריחה (Jerichah) in 1 Kings 16:34.
There’s no way to say which form was the original one, and which two are playful variations, or even whether there aren’t two different names for the same city (forms 2 and 3 are linguistically related). BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE Study Bible Name List appear to assume that forms 2 and 3 are the original and take the name Jericho from the noun ריח (reah) meaning scent or fragrance: