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A predatory bird common in ancient Palestine during the winter months. It was considered unclean and therefore unfit to eat (Lev 11:14; Deut 14:13).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Kite[Heb ʾayyâ; Gk. iktínos; Lat Milvus ictinus or regalis] (Lev. 11:4; Dt. 14:13). A medium-sized member of the hawk family. This bird is 69 cm. (27 in) long, is bright reddish-brown, and has sharply pointed wings and a deeply forked tail. It is supposed to have exceptionally piercing eyes. It eats
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
KiteA predatory bird of the hawk family (Accipitridae), of the genus Milvus. The common kite (Milvus milvus) is red, almost brownish, ca. 60 cm. (2 ft.) long. It is most prevalent in the winter, when flocks are found along the Mediterranean coast, in southern Judah, W of the Dead Sea, and in the wilderness
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Kite (Heb. ˒ayyâ, dā˒â, dayyâ). A predatory bird of the hawk (Accipitridae) family, of the genus Milvus. Three species have been attested in Palestine. The common kite (Milvus milvus) is a brown bird, about 60 cm. (2 ft.) long. It is most prevalent in the winter, when flocks are found along
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Kite (Heb. ayyâh), a rapacious and keen-sighted bird of prey belonging to the hawk family. The Hebrew word thus rendered occurs in three passages—Lev. 11:14; Deut. 14:13; Job 28:7. In the two former it is translated “kite” in the Authorized Version, in the latter “vulture.” It is enumerated among the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Kite—an unclean and keen-sighted bird of prey (Lev. 11:14; Deut. 14:13). The Hebrew word used, ʾayet, is rendered “vulture” in Job 28:7 in Authorized Version, “falcon” in Revised Version. It is probably the red kite (Milvus regalis), a bird of piercing sight and of soaring habits found all over Palestine.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
KITE<kit> (אַיָּה [’ayyah]; [ἰκτι̂νος, iktinos]; Latin Milvus ictinus or regalis): A medium-sized member of the hawk tribe (see HAWK). This bird is 27 inches long, of bright reddish-brown color, has sharply pointed wings and deeply forked tail. It is supposed to have exceptionally piercing eyes.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Kite. The Hebrew word thus rendered occurs in three passages (Lev. 11:14; Deut. 14:13, and Job 28:7). In the first two it is translated “kite” in our Authorized Version; in the third, “vulture.” It is enumerated among the twenty names of birds mentioned in Deut. 14 which were considered unclean by the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
kite. A predatory bird of the hawk family. Kites are distinguished from other birds of prey by their long forked tails. In feeding habits they fall between vultures and hawks, taking a wide range of prey and also being content with carrion. Like all big raptors, they are masters of flight. The term is