Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2336 - חוֹחַ
1169) hh (הההה HhHh) AC: ? CO: Thicket AB: ?: The pictograph h is a picture of a wall. The wall around crops or livestock was constructed of thistles or rocks with thistles laid on top. The thorns prevented intruders from entering. (eng: hook - an exchange for the k and h)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
(1) [In Thes. this noun is rightly referred to the root חָנַח] a thorn, a thorn-bush, Job 31:40; Proverbs 26:9; 2 Kings 14:9. Plur. חוֹחִים Song of Solomon 2:2 and with ו moveable, חֲוָחִים 1 Samuel 13:6, thorn-bushes, thickets.
(2) i.q. חָח a hook, a ring, put through the nostrils of the larger fishes after they were caught, which were then again put into the water, Job 40:26.
(3) an instrument of a similar kind used for binding captives, 2 Chronicles 33:11 comp. Amos 4:2. (In the cognate languages occur the words خَوْخُ, ܚܰܘܚܐܳ, prunus spinosa, and also there are in Hebrew the cognate words חָח and חֲחִי. No verb of a suitable signification can be found, and the noun itself appears to be primitive, sometimes following the analogy of verbs עו֞, sometimes עע֞ and לה֞, comp. אָח a brother, see Lehrg. p. 602.)
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