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A reptile declared unclean in the law (Lev 11:29–30). Also mentioned in Proverbs in reference to their small size and ubiquitous presence (Prov 30:28).
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
LizardOf the eight unclean “swarming things” listed in Lev. 11:29f, perhaps as many as six may have had some reptilian form, and thus could be considered as lizards in a general sense. These are: Heb. ṣāḇ (AV TORTOISE, NEB THORN-TAILED LIZARD, RSV GREAT LIZARD), ʾanāqâ (AV FERRET; NEB, RSV, GECKO),
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
lizard. Lev. 11:29–30 lists six types of lizards or reptiles as unclean animals: (1) the “great lizard” (tsab), probably to be identified with the Negev dabb lizard (Uromastyx); (2) the “gecko” (’anaqah, from a word meaning “groaning” or “crying”), a wide variety of which are found in the area; (3) the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LizardA reptile, usually small, of the suborder Lacertilia, a wide variety of which are found in the Middle East. Six different Hebrew words appear as designation of lizards only in Lev. 11:29–30. Because Hebrew zoological terms did not have the precision of modern scientific terminology, little is
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lizard. †A reptile, usually small, of the suborder Lacertilia, a wide variety of which are found in Palestine. Among the unclean “swarming things that swarm upon the earth” are various types of lizards designated by six different Hebrew words (Lev. 11:29–30), all of which appear as designations of
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Lizard (that which clings to the ground) (Heb. letââh. Lev. 11:30). Lizards of various kinds abound in Egypt, Palestine, and Arabia. The lizard denoted by the Hebrew word is probably the fan-foot lizard (Ptyodactylus gecko), which is common in Egypt and in parts of Arabia, and perhaps is found also
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Lizardlizard, a four-footed reptile. Lev. 11:30 lists six types of lizards or reptiles as unclean animals: the great lizard, the gecko, the land crocodile, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. The great lizard is probably the Negev dabb lizard (Uromastyx). There are a number of varieties
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LAND-CROCODILE (REVISED VERSION (BRITISH AND AMERICAN))]
LAND-CROCODILE (REVISED VERSION (BRITISH AND AMERICAN))]<land-crok’-o-dil> (כֹּחַ [koach]; Septuagint [χαμαιλέων, chamaileon], Leviticus 11:30; the King James Version Chameleon): [Koach] is found only here, meaning an animal, the fifth in the list of unclean “creeping things.” Elsewhere is it translated
TORTOISE<tor’-tus>, <tor’-tis>, <tor’-tois>. (the King James Version) (צָב [tsabh], the Revised Version (British and American) “great lizard”; compare the Arabic word, dabb, the thorny-tailed lizard): The word [tsabh] occurs as the name of an animal only in Lev 11:29, being the third in the list
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