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A bird declared unclean in the Mosaic law (Lev 11:17; Deut 14:17). The exact identity of the bird described by the Hebrew text is debated; the Septuagint also is unclear.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cormorant kôr̀me-rant [Heb. šālāḵ; Gk. kataráktēs; Lat Corvus marinus]; NEB FISHER-OWL. A large seafowl belonging to the genus Phalactrocorax and well described by the Hebrew word used to designate it, which means a “plunging bird.” The bird appears as large as a goose when in full feather, but
Abomination, Birds Of
Abomination, Birds Of The twenty birds listed in Lev. 11:13–19 (NEB “vermin”).
Pelican [Heb. qāʾāṯ; Gk. pelekán] (Lev. 11:18; Dt. 14:17); NEB HORNED OWL. Any member of the genus Pelecanus—large, web-footed birds possessing a membranous pouch hung from the lower beak and used for scooping fish from swamps, lakes, and rivers.The pelican (mainly Pelecanus onocrotalus) was certainly
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
cormorant, any of about thirty species of birds that live near water and feed mainly on fish. It is listed among birds prohibited as food (Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:17) for the Israelites. In Isa. 34:11 the kjv uses “cormorant” for a term the nrsv translates “hawk.” The kjv also uses it for an uncertain reading
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
CormorantA sea bird (Phalacrocorax), of which there are some 30 species. Some species spend the winter in Palestine, along the coast and the banks of the Sea of Galilee, making their nests on the rocks and in the hollows and crevices. They are exceptional swimmers and divers, able to swallow large fish
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Cormorant [kôrˊmə rənt] (Heb. šālāḵ). A sea bird (Phalacrocorax, of which there are some thirty species. Some species spend the winter in Palestine, along the coast and the banks of the Sea of Galilee, making their nests on the rocks and in the hollows and crevices. They are exceptional swimmers
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
pelican. The image of the pelican, ‘vulning herself’ with her beak to feed her young with her blood, has been widely used in Christian symbolism to typify the Lord’s redeeming work, esp. as mediated through the Blessed Sacrament. Well-known instances are the first line of the 6th stanza of ‘*Adoro to
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Cormorant—(Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:17), Heb. shalak, “plunging,” or “darting down,” (the Phalacrocorax carbo), ranked among the “unclean” birds; of the same family group as the pelican. It is a “plunging” bird, and is common on the coasts and the island seas of Palestine. Some think the Hebrew word should
Pelicans—are frequently met with at the waters of Merom and the Sea of Galilee. The pelican is ranked among unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:17). It is of an enormous size, being about 6 feet long, with wings stretching out over 12 feet. The Hebrew name (kaath, i.e., “vomiter”) of this bird is incorrectly
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Cormorantcormorant, any of about thirty species of birds that live near water and feed mainly on fish. It is listed among birds prohibited as food (Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:17) for the Jews. In Isa. 34:11 the kjv uses it for a term the rsv translates ‘hawk.’ The kjv also uses it for an uncertain reading
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CORMORANT<kor’-mo-rant> ([שָׁלָךְ, shalakh]; [καταράκτης, kataraktes]; Latin Corvus marinus): A large sea-fowl belonging to the genus Phalacrocorax and well described by the Hebrew word used to designate it — which means a “plunging bird.” The bird appears as large as a goose when in full feather,
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,
PELICAN<pel’-kan> ([קָאָת, qa’ath]; Latin Pelecanus onocrotalus Septuagint reads [Πελεκάν, pelekan], in Leviticus and Psalms, but has 3 other readings, that are rather confusing, in the other places)): Any bird of the genus Pelecanus. The Hebrew qi’ means “to vomit.” The name was applied to the bird