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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #5508 - סֹחֶרֶת
1) a stone used in paving (with marble)
V) rhx (סההר SHhR) - I. Trade: II. Beat:The beating of the heart in the sense of going about to and fro. KJV (20): (vf: Paal, Pilpel, Participle) merchant, trade, pant, traffick - Strongs: H5503 (סָחַר)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
סֹחֶרֶת f. a kind of costly stone, used in making a tesselated pavement, Esther 1:6. It is either a kind of black marble, compare Syr. ܫܚܳܘܽܪܬܐܳ lapis niger tinctorius (ס and שׁ being interchanged), or as I should prefer taking it, marble marked with round spots, as if shields, shielded marble; see סֹחֵרָה. Tortoiseshell is what ס׳ has been supposed to be by Hartmann (Hebräerin, iii. p. 353), consisting as it were of shields (compare סֹחֵרָה); but it is scarcely probable that this was introduced in making a pavement amongst various kinds of marble.
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