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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #4298 - מֻטָּה
1) spreading, outspreading, spreading out
1308) un (נתה NTh) AC: Spread CO: Squash AB: ?: The pictograph n is a picture of a seed, the u is a picture of a basket. Combined these mean "seed basket". Squash seeds were planted along the routes of the travelers and nomads for future use by themselves and other travelers. The squash plant spreads out over a large area forming varied sizes and shapes of squash fruit. Dried squash fruit becomes a hard hollow shell (באסכת basket) with the seeds inside and when shaken they rattle inside.
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
the Fifth Week after Easter