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A scavenging bird; considered unclean because it fed on carcasses and discarded animal parts (Lev 11:18; Deut 14:17).
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Gier eagle—Heb. raham = “parental affection,” Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:17; R.V., “vulture”), a species of vulture living entirely on carrion. “It is about the size of a raven; has an almost triangular, bald, and wrinkled head, a strong pointed beak, black at the tip, large eyes and ears, the latter entirely
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GIER-EAGLE<jer’-e-g’-l> ([רָחָם, racham]; [κύκνος, kuknos], in Leviticus, [πορφυρίων, porphurion], in Deuteronomy): The name applied to one of the commonest of the vultures, and not an eagle at all. The word is derived from a Hebrew root, meaning “to love,” and was applied to the birds because mated
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GIER-EAGLE, jērʹ-ē-g’l (רָחָם, rāḥām; κύκνος, kúknos, in Lev, πορφυρίων, porphuríōn, in Dt): The name applied to one of the commonest of the vultures, and not an eagle at all. The word is derived from a Heb root, meaning “to love,” and was applied to the birds because mated pairs seldom separated.