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Barn owl
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Several types of owls are mentioned in the Bible, often in the context of desolation and judgment (e.g., Psa 102:6; Isa 34:15; Zeph 2:14). They were also considered “abominations” that were unclean and not to be eaten (Lev 11:17–18; Deut 14:16). One of the words often translated as “owl” (קִפֹּד‎, qippod) could possibly refer to the hedgehog, and many English translations render it as such.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Owl
Owl (כּ֥וֹס‎, kos; קִפֹּד‎, qippod). Several types of owls are mentioned in the Bible, often in the context of desolation and judgment (e.g., Psa 102:6; Isa 34:15; Zeph 2:14). They were also considered “abominations” that were unclean and not to be eaten (Lev 11:17–18; Deut 14:16). One of the words often
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Chameleon
Chameleon. Any of a number of lizards having the ability to change color rapidly, declared ritually unclean (Lv 11:30).See Animals.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Abomination, Birds Of
Abomination, Birds Of The twenty birds listed in Lev. 11:13–19 (NEB “vermin”).
Owl
Owl [Heb kôs] (Lev. 11:17; Ps. 102:6; Zeph. 2:14 [emended reading of the Hebrew text, which has qôl, “voice”]; “little owl,” Dt. 14:16); AV also “voice” (Zeph. 2:14); NEB also TAWNY OWL; [yanšûp, yanšôp̱] (Isa. 34:11; “great owl,” Dt. 14:16); NEB SCREECH-OWL; [qippôz] (Isa. 34:15); NEB SAND-PARTRIDGE.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Chameleon
CHAMELEON Any of a number of lizards having the ability to change color rapidly, declared ritually unclean (Lv 11:30). See Animals.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Owl
owl, a member of the Strigidae family of birds. Several species of owl occur in the Near East, but their correlation with the biblical terms is problematic. Several different Hebrew words occur: (1) The word kos is translated in the nrsv as “little owl”; see Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:16; Ps. 102:6; it probably
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Owl
OwlA nocturnal bird of prey of the order Strigiformes, listed among birds forbidden to eat (Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:16). The owl is characterized by exceptionally large eyes that are directed forward rather than to the sides. The feathers around the eyes radiate from a common center and enhance the apparent
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Chameleon
Chameleon. An arboreal lizard (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, known for its ability to change the color of its skin In Palestine, where it is commonly found near trees and water catching its prey with its long, sticky tongue, it was designated one of the unclean animals
Owl
Owl (Heb. kôs, yanšûp̱, yanšôp̱).† A nocturnal bird of prey of the order Strigiformes, listed among the unclean birds (“birds of abomination”; Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:16). The owl is characterized by exceptionally large eyes that are directed forward rather than to the sides. The feathers around
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Chameleon
Chameleon, a species of lizard. The reference in Lev. 11:30 is to some kind of an unclean animal, supposed to be the lizard, known by the name of the “monitor of the Nile,” a large, strong reptile common in Egypt and other parts of Africa.Chameleon.
Owl
Owl. A number of species of the owl are mentioned in the Bible, Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:16; Isa. 14:23; 34:15; Zeph. 2:14; and in several other places the same Hebrew word is used where it is translated ostrich. Job 30:29; Jer. 50:39. Some of these species were common in Palestine, and, as is well known,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Chameleon
Chameleona species of lizard which has the faculty of changing the colour of its skin. It is ranked among the unclean animals in Lev. 11:30, where the Hebrew word so translated is coah (R.V., “land crocodile”). In the same verse the Hebrew tanshemeth, rendered in Authorized Version “mole,” is in Revised
Owl
Owl(1.) Heb. bath-haya’anah, “daughter of greediness” or of “shouting.” In the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:16; Deut. 14:15); also mentioned in Job 30:29; Isa. 13:21; 34:13; 43:20; Jer. 50:39; Micah 1:8. In all these passages the Revised Version translates “ostrich” (q.v.), which is the correct rendering.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Owl
Owlowl, a member of the Strigidae family of birds. Several species of owl occur in Palestine but their correlation with the biblical terms is problematic. The Hebrew word (bet-ya‘anah) often interpreted as referring to the ostrich might more correctly be translated as ‘eagle owl’ (Bubo bubo), the largest
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ABOMINATION, BIRDS OF
ABOMINATION, BIRDS OFLeviticus 11:13-19: “And these ye shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the gier-eagle, and the osprey, and the kite, and the falcon after its kind, every raven after its kind, and the ostrich, and the night-hawk,
CHAMELEON
CHAMELEON<ka-me’-le-un> (כֹּחַ‎ [koach], the Revised Version (British and American) LAND CROCODILE (Leviticus 11:30); תִּנַשֶׁמֶת‎ [tinshemeth], the King James Version mole, the Revised Version (British and American) CHAMELEON (Leviticus 11:30)):[Koach], which in the King James Version is
OWL
OWL<oul> ([בַּת הַיַּעֲנָה, bath ha-yàanah]; Latin Ulula): The name of every nocturnal bird of prey of the Natural Order Striges. These birds range from the great horned owl of 2 feet in length, through many subdivisions to the little screech-owl of 5 inches. All are characterized by very large heads,
Compton’s Encyclopedia
chameleon
chameleonThe chameleon is any of a group of primarily arboreal (tree-dwelling) Old World lizards best known for their ability to change body color. Other characteristics of chameleons include toes that are fused into opposed bundles of two and three, teeth attached to the edge of the jaw, eyes that
owl
owlOwls are birds of prey, meaning that they pursue other animals for food. Owls are characterized by their large, fixed eyes and are known for the ability to turn their rounded head to look directly behind them. These night-flying raptors belong in the order Strigiformes, which is made up of two families