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        (1.) Heb. homit, among the unclean creeping things (Lev. 11:30).
        This was probably the sand-lizard, of which there are many
        species in the wilderness of Judea and the Sinai peninsula.
        (2.) Heb. shablul (Ps. 58:8), the snail or slug proper.
        Tristram explains the allusions of this passage by a reference
        to the heat and drought by which the moisture of the snail is
        evaporated. "We find," he says, "in all parts of the Holy Land
        myriads of snail-shells in fissures still adhering by the
        calcareous exudation round their orifice to the surface of the
        rock, but the animal of which is utterly shrivelled and wasted,
        'melted away.'"
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Snail' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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