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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
( עבת עץ , ‛ēc ‛ābhōth ( Leviticus 23:40; Nehemiah 8:15 )): One of the varieties of trees which the Israelites were directed to use at the Feast of Tabernacles; in the latter passage they are expressly directed to make booths with them. According to the Talmudic writings, the "thick trees" are myrtles (Suk. 12a; Jer Suk. iii, 53d), and further tradition has prescribed certain special features as to the varieties of myrtle employed, without which they cannot be used in the ritual of the feast. In Sirach 14:18 "thick tree" represents δένδρον δασύ , déndron dasú , "leafy tree." See MYRTLE .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Thick Trees'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/t/thick-trees.html. 1915.