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Bible Encyclopedias

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Ossifrage

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An unclean bird, mentioned in Leviticus 11:13 and Deuteronomy 14:12; the Gypaetus barbatus, commonly known as the lammergeier (R. V. "gier-eagle"). It derives its name from its habit of breaking bones, its favorite food, by letting them fall from a great height upon the rocks. The "peres" is characterized in Ḥul. 62a as a bird which does not haunt the habitations of man.

Bibliography:
  • Tristram, Nat. Hist. p. 170;
  • Lewysohn, Z. T. p. 167.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Ossifrage'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/o/ossifrage.html. 1901.

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