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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
(יֶלֶק , yelek, feeding, Joel 1:4; Joel 2:25; "caterpillar," Psalms 105:34;Jeremiah 51:14; Jeremiah 51:27; Sept. βροῦχος, i.e. locust-grub; but ἀκρρί, locust, in Jeremiah; Chald. פּ רְהָא, winged locust; Syr. creeping locust) is generally referred to some hairy or caterpillar-like species of locust (Jeremiah 51:27, סָמִר, bristly, Auth. Ver. "rough"). Possibly it merely describes the locust in a certain stage of its growth, viz. just when it emerges from the caterpillar state and obtains the use of its wings; seeNahum 3:16," the canker-worm has thrown of (פָּשִׁט, A. V. spoileth) its scales [or "expanded its wings"] and flown away;" thus corresponding to the description by Jerome (in loc. Nab.) of the attelabus (ἀττέλαβος ), or "wingless locust" (Credner, Joel, p. 305; see Bochart, Hieroz. 2:445). (See LOCUST).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Canker-Worm'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/c/canker-worm.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.