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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Kite

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איח , Leviticus 11:14; Deuteronomy 14:13; Job 28:7 . Bochart supposes this to be the bird which the Arabians call the ja-jao, from its note; and which the ancients named aesalon, "the merlin," a bird celebrated for its sharp-sightedness. This faculty is referred to in Job 28:7 where the word is rendered "vulture. As a noun masculine plural, איים , in Isaiah 13:22; Isaiah 34:14; and Jeremiah 50:30 , Bochart says that jackals are intended; but, by the several contexts, particularly the last, it may well mean a kind of unclean bird, and so be the same with that mentioned above.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Kite'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/k/kite.html. 1831-2.

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