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Mouse; Mice

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mous , mı̄s ( עכבּר , ‛akhbār ; Septuagint μῦς , mús , "mouse"; compare Arabic ‛akbar , "jerboa" not 'akbar , "greater"; compare also proper noun, עכבּור , ‛akhbōr , "Achbor" ( Genesis 36:38 ; 1 Chronicles 1:49 ; also 2 Kings 22:12 , 2 Kings 22:14 ; Jeremiah 26:22 ; Jeremiah 36:12 )): The word occurs in the list of unclean "creeping things" Leviticus 11:29 , in the account of the golden mice and tumors (the King James Version and the American Revised Version margin "emerods") sent by the Philistines 1 Samuel 6:4-18 , and in the phrase, "eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse" Isaiah 66:17 . The cosmopolitan housemouse, Mus musculus , is doubtless the species referred to. The jerboa or jumping mouse, Arabic yarbû‛ , is eaten by the Arabs of the Syrian desert, Northeast of Damascus. Possibly allied to ‛akhbār is the Arabic ‛akbar (generally in plural, 'akabir), used for the male of the jerboa.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Mouse; Mice'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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