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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Onycha

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ONYCHA ( shĕchçleth , Exodus 30:34 ). One of the ingredients of the sacred composition which gave a sweet smell when burned (cf. Sir 24:15 , where apparently the same substance is referred to as onyx ). Onycha was obtained from the claw-like [hence the name from Gr. onyx ‘nail’] operculum of some mollusc of the genus strombus . A similar product is still used in Upper Egypt for fumigations.

E. W. G. Masterman.


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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Onycha'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hdb/o/onycha.html. 1909.

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