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From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    firm-rooted, the most northerly of the five towns belonging to
    the lords of the Philistines, about 11 miles north of Gath. It
    was assigned to Judah (Josh. 13:3), and afterwards to Dan
    (19:43), but came again into the full possession of the
    Philistines (1 Sam. 5:10). It was the last place to which the
    Philistines carried the ark before they sent it back to Israel
    (1 Sam. 5:10; 6:1-8). There was here a noted sanctuary of
    Baal-zebub (2 Kings 1: 2, 3, 6, 16). Now the small village Akir.
    It is mentioned on monuments in B.C. 702, when Sennacherib set
    free its king, imprisoned by Hezekiah in Jerusalem, according to
    the Assyrian record.

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Ekron, barrenness; torn away