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dukiphath , related to the Coptic kukusha . Rather the hoopoe (Leviticus 11:19; Deuteronomy 14:18). Its cry or whoop gives its name. The Arabs superstitiously reverence it, and call it "the doctor" as if possessing therapeutic qualities. Its head is used in magical spells. The Bedouins believe it to be inhabited by departed spirits. The Hebrew perhaps means double-crested; the hoopoe has two parallel rows of elevated feathers arranged laterally. Its imposing crest and beak, and its curious way of bending until the beak touches the ground, while it raises and depresses the crest, led to the Arab supposition of its power to point out hidden wells beneath; from whence arose its Greek name epops) , "the inspector." Its unclean habits, searching for worms and insects in dunghills, and the superstition with which the pagan regarded it, led to the Mosaic ranking of it among unclean birds.


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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Lapwing'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fbd/l/lapwing.html. 1949.

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