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Little 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.
Dictionaries
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
Water Hen
Water Hen. Designation for several birds living near water such as the marsh hen, swan, or even the horned owl.See Animals; Birds.
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.
Water Hen
Water Hen [Heb. tinšemeṯ] (Lev. 11:18; Dt. 14:16); [LXX porphyríōn, íbis]; AV SWAN; NEB LITTLE OWL. One of those birds cited as an abomination and not to be eaten by the Israelites. The precise meaning of this Hebrew word is uncertain, a fact vividly illustrated by the wide variety of translations.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Marsh Hen
MARSH HEN* Alternate name for water hen in Leviticus 11:18 and Deuteronomy 14:16. See Birds (Water Hen).
Water Hen
WATER HEN* Designation for several birds living near water, such as the marsh hen, swan, or even the horned owl. See Animals; Birds.
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
Water Hen
water hen, an unclean fowl, probably an omnivorous water bird (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:16). It may refer to a member of the Rallus genus, although that is not certain.
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
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
Water Hen
Water Hen (Heb. tanšemeṯ).* Apparently one of the nearly two hundred species of Rail birds (order Rallidae), which include not only the water hen but rails, gallinules, and coots. Characterized by very short wings, moderately long legs and toes, and a short turned-up tail, Rail birds typically
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
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,
Swan
Swan (Heb. tinshemeth), thus rendered by the Authorized Version in Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:16, where it occurs in the list of unclean birds. But either of the renderings “porphyrio” (purple water-hen) and “ibis” is more probable. Neither of these birds occurs elsewhere in the catalogue; both would be familiar
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
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.
Swan
Swanmentioned in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:16), is sometimes met with in the Jordan and the Sea of Galilee.
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
Water Hen
Water Henwater hen (kjv: ‘swan’), an unclean fowl, probably an omnivorous water bird (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:16). It may refer to a member of the Rallus genus, although that is not certain.
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,
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,
OWL, LITTLE
OWL, LITTLE[כּוֹס, koc]; [νυκτικόραξ, nuktikorax]; Latin Athene meridionalis): A night bird of prey distinguished by a round head, and extremely large eyes. The little owl is left in the Revised Version (British and American) only in the lists of abominations (see Leviticus 11:17; Deuteronomy 14:16).
SWAN
SWAN<swon> ([תִּנְשֶׁמֶת‎ , tinshemeth], “chameleon,” “tree-toad,” “water-hen,” “owl”; [κύκνος, kuknos]; Latin cygnus; Anglo-Saxon: swan and swon): Mentioned only in old versions and the Revised Version margin in Lev 11:18: “the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,” and in Dt 14:16
Compton’s Encyclopedia
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
swan
swanThe largest of the waterfowl (called wildfowl in Europe), swans are graceful in the air and stately on the water. These birds are especially known for having a long neck. They migrate in diagonal formation or V-formation at great heights, and no other waterfowl moves as fast on the water or in the