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Bittern • Bustard
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bittern. kjv translation for the Hebrew word that probably designates some kind of bird (Is 14:23; Zep 2:14, rsv hedgehog; Is 34:11, rsv porcupine).See Birds; Animals (Hedgehog; Porcupine).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Porcupine [Heb. qippōḏ] (Isa. 34:11); AV BITTERN; NEB BUSTARD. If the Hebrew is related to the Arab qunfuḏ, “hedgehog” (the RSV rendering of qippōḏ in Isa. 14:23; Zeph. 2:14), the reference would be to the insect-eating mammal Erinaceus europeus. A small mammal about 25 cm. (10 in) long, it is covered
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BITTERN* kjv translation for the Hebrew word that may designate some kind of bird (Is 14:23; 34:11). Most modern translations substitute the word “porcupine” in Isaiah 34:11.See also Birds; Animals (Porcupine).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bittern. The word occurs in Isa. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph. 2:14, and we are inclined to believe that the Authorized Version is correct. The bittern (Botaurus stellaris) belongs to the Ardeidae, the heron family of birds, and is famous for the peculiar nocturnal booming sound which it emits.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bitternis found three times in connection with the desolations to come upon Babylon, Idumea, and Nineveh (Isa. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph. 2:14). This bird belongs to the class of cranes. Its scientific name is Botaurus stellaris. It is a solitary bird, frequenting marshy ground. The Hebrew word (kippod) thus
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PORCUPINE<por’-ku-pin> ([קִפֹּד, qippodh] (Isaiah 14:23; 34:11; Zeph 2:14) the King James Version “bittern,” the Revised Version (British and American) “porcupine”; Septuagint [ἐχι̂νος, echinos] “hedgehog”; [קִפּוֹז, qippoz] (Isaiah 34:15), the King James Version “great owl,” the English
BITTERN<bit’-ern> (קִפֹּד‎ [qippodh]; Latin Botaurus stellaris; Greek [ἐχι̂νος, echinos]): A nocturnal member of the heron family, frequenting swamps and marshy places. Its Hebrew name means a creature of waste and desert places. The bittern is the most individual branch of the heron (ardeidae) family
Compton’s Encyclopedia
porcupineWhen threatened, the porcupine grunts, stamps its hind feet, and erects and rattles its quills in warning. The offender would do well to retreat, for the quills detach easily from the porcupine and can become painfully embedded in the enemy’s skin. (Contrary to common belief, the porcupine
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Bitʹtern, a fowl of the same genus with the heron, and about the same size. Its resorts are in fens and swamps, and it generally flies in the dusk of the evening. Nineveh and Babylon became a “possession for the bittern,” according to prediction (Isa. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph. 2:14). Biblical critics, however,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
PORCUPINE Large rodent, sometimes called a hedgehog, that has stiff, sharp bristles mixed with its hair. Disagreement exists about the translation of the Hebrew word. Some feel “porcupine” is the correct translation (Isa. 14:23; 34:11 NKJV, NLT). NASB uses “hedgehog” in Isaiah and Zeph. 2:14. Others
BITTERN KJV translation for an animal of desolation mentioned three times (Isa. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph. 2:14). The name “bittern” is applied to any number of small or medium-sized herons (Botaurus and related genera) with a characteristic booming cry. Bittern and heron are marsh and water birds and do not
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
bittern. A wading bird that frequents the fish ponds of northern Israel. This English term is used by the KJV to render Hebrew qippōd H7887, which occurs in three passages (Isa. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph. 2:14; the NIV ). Possibly from the verb qāpad H7886 (“to roll up, bunch up”), the term has also been
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
PORCUPINE, pôrʹkū̇-pīn (קִפֹּד‎, ḳippōdh [Isa 14:23; 34:11; Zeph 2:14], AV “bittern,” RV “porcupine”; LXX ἐχῖνος echínos, “hedgehog”; קִפּוֹז‎, ḳippōz [Isa 34:15], AV “great owl,” ERV “arrow-snake,” ARV “dart-snake”; LXX echinos; cf Arab. قُنْفُد‎, ḳunfud, or قُنْفُذ‎, ḳunfudh, “hedgehog” or “porcupine.”
BITTERN, bitʹērn (קִפֹּד‎, ḳippōdh; Lat Botaurus stellaris; Gr ἐχῖνος, echínos): A nocturnal member of the heron family, frequenting swamps and marshy places. Its Heb name means a creature of waste and desert places. The bittern is the most individual branch of the heron (ardeidae) family on account
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