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(מִזְרֶה, mizreh', πτύον ), a winsowing-shovel, with which grain was thrown up against the wind, in order to cleanse it from the brokensstraw and chaff (Isaiah 30:24; Jeremiah 15:7; Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17). (See AGRICULTURE). At the present day in Syria, the instrument used is a largee wooden fork. (See Robinson's Researches, 2:277, 371; Smith's Dict. of Class., Antiq. s.v. Pala). Both kinds of instruments are delineated on the Egyptian monuments (Wilkinson, 2:4046). (See WINNOWING).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Fan'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/f/fan.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.