Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #7827 - שְׁחֵלֶת
1a) an ingredient used in the holy incense
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
שְׁחֵלֶת f. Exodus 30:34 according to Hebrew interpreters, unguis odoratus, prop. the covering or shell of a kind of muscle found in the lakes of India, where the nard grows; which, when burning, emits an odour resembling musk: this is now called blatta byzantina, Teufelsklaue. See Discorid., ii. 10; and the Arabian writers in Bochart (Hieroz. ii. p. 803, seq.). The root is שָׁחַל to peel off, compare שׁיחלא the pod of dates.
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