Nephilim is a biblical creature. The name is often loosely translated as "giants" but also as "fallen" and "fallen angels". It is also left untranslated in some versions [1-3]. 
The identity of the Nephilim as a creature is disputed by many as the passage that is the main reference to them in the book of Genesis is ambiguous [1,2].  
Sometimes the great size of the Nephilim is interpreted as metaphorical as people who are considered great warriors [4-6]. They are also referred to as old warriors who descended into Sheol with their weapons [5].
[1]: "Nephilim"Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
[2]: Doedens, J. J. T. (2019). The Sons of God in Genesis 6:1–4: Analysis and History of Exegesis. Brill. pp. 75–76. ISBN 978-9004395909. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
[3]: For the view that "Nephilim" appear explicitly in Ezekiel 32, see Hendel, Ronald S. "Of Demigods and the Deluge: Toward an Interpretation of Genesis 6:1–4." Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 106, no. 1, 1987, p. 22. JSTOR 3260551.
[4]: Zimmerli, W. (1983). Ezekiel: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 25–48. Hermeneia. Translated by Martin, J. D. Philadelphia: Fortress. pp. 168, 176.
[5]: Hendel, Robert S. (1987). "Of demigods and the deluge: Towards an interpretation of Genesis 6:1–4". Journal of Biblical Literature. 106 (1): 22. doi:10.2307/3260551JSTOR 3260551.
[6]: van der Toorn, Karel; Becking, Bob; van der Horst, Pieter Willem, eds. (1999). Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the BibleISBN 978-0802824912. Retrieved 5 June 2015 – via Google Books.

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