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PYGARG ( dîshôn ). A ‘clean’ animal, Deuteronomy 14:5 only. From its associates in the same verse it may be inferred that it was a deer of some kind. The LXX [Note: Septuagint.] tr. [Note: translate or translation.] is, on what grounds is not known, pygargos, i.e. ‘white-rumped’ (hence the Eng. ‘pygarg’). This description and a process of exclusion the hart, roebuck, etc., all being otherwise accounted for make it probable that the dîshôn was the addax ( A. nasomaculatus ), an antelope with a white tail and long, backward-curved, twisted horns. It is rare in Palestine to-day, but is known to the Bedouin.

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Pygarg'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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