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Quail
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Small birds that Yahweh provided as food for the Israelites in the wilderness (Exod 16:13; Num 11:31–32). The first appearance of quail is depicted as a sign of divine provision for the Israelites (compare Psa 105:40); however, the second time the Israelites feed on quail, they are struck by a plague from God.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Quail
Quail (שְׂלָו‎, selau). Small birds that Yahweh provided as food for the Israelites in the wilderness (Exod 16:13; Num 11:31–32). The first appearance of quail is depicted as a sign of divine provision for the Israelites (compare Psa 105:40); however, the second time the Israelites feed on quail, they
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Quail
Quail [Heb. śelāw (Ex. 16:13; Nu. 11:31f.; Ps. 105:40); Gk. ortygomḗtra (Wisd. 16:2; 19:12); Lat Coturnix (2 Esd. 1:15)]. The old world quail (Coturnix coturnix), a small, mottled brown game bird about 18 cm. (7 in) long, is the only member of the subfamily Phasianinae (including quails, partridges,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Quail
quail. The species of quail (Heb. selaw) referred to in the Bible is probably the common quail (Coturnix coturnix). Its plumage is of a sandy brown base color with black and pale streaks. This quail breeds in Europe and western Asia and passes through the Levant and Sinai on its way to its winter quarters
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Quail
QuailCoturnix coturnix, a small pheasant-type bird 19 cm. (7.5 in.) in length and weighing 100 g. (3.5 oz.). In the wilderness, God is twice reported as supplying the Israelites with quail (Heb. kĕlāw) to eat (Exod. 16:13; Num. 11:31–32). Quail pass over the Mediterranean during their annual migrations
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Quail
Quail (Heb. śelāw). Coturnix coturnix, a thickset bird with a short tail, similar in shape to the partridge but smaller in size, about 19 cm. (7.5 in.) long. The quail is also quicker and more adroit than the partridge. It is mottled brown and buff on its back, with black and light brown streaks,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Quail
QUAIL A bird, Coturnix vulgaris, that migrates back and forth between Arabia and the Mediterranean coast every fall and spring. The bird is a heavy one and sometimes falls from the sky from exhaustion. Quails “covered the camp” when the Israelites demanded meat in the wilderness (Exod 16:13; Num 11:31;
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Quails
Quails. There can be no doubt that the Hebrew word in the Pentateuch, Ex. 16:13; Num. 11:31, 32, and in the 105th Psalm, denotes the common quail, Coturnix dactylisonans. (The enormous quantity of quails taken by the Israelites has its parallel in modern times. Pliny states that they sometimes alight
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Quail
Quailquail, a small plump gamebird. It is generally agreed that the Hebrew word translated ‘quail’ in the ot (selaw) denotes the common quail (Coturnix coturnix). Its plumage is of a sandy brown base color with black and pale streaks. The quail breeds in Europe and western Asia and passes through Palestine
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
QUAIL
QUAIL<kwal> ([שְׂלָו, selaw]; [ὀρτυγομήτρα, ortugometra]; Latin Coturnix vulgaris): A game bird of the family Coturnix, closely related to “partridges” (which see). Quail and partridges are near relatives, the partridge a little larger and of brighter color. Quail are like the gray, brown and tan
Compton’s Encyclopedia
quail
quail and partridgeThe fowl-like birds known as quail and partridge are members of the pheasant family, Phasianidae, which also includes the pheasants and peacocks. Some scientists also consider turkeys and chickens to be part of the same family. Quail are native to both the Eastern and Western hemispheres,
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Quail
Quail. A bird, said to be very salacious, hence a prostitute or courtesan.“Here’s Agamemnon, an honest fellow enough, and one that loves quails.”—Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, v. 1.The Iliad of Homer is based on the story that Agamemnon, being obliged to give up his mistress, took the mistress
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Quail
Quail. There can be no doubt that the Hebrew word in Ex. 16:13; Num. 11:31, 32; Ps. 105:40 which is translated “quails” is correctly rendered. Quails were a part of the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. They are still common in the deserts of Arabia, and are brought to the