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Ears of Corn

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( מְלַילָה, melilah', so called from being cut of, Deuteronomy 23:25; שַׁבֹּלֶת shibbo'leth, from its growth, Genesis 41:5 sq.; Ruth 2:2; Job 24:24; Isaiah 17:5; כִּרְמֶל, karsuel', prop. a cultivated field, as often; hence produce or ears therefrom, i.e., grits, Leviticus 2:14; Leviticus 23:14; 2 Kings 4:42; אָבַיב, abib', green ears, Exodus 9:31; Leviticus 2:14; στάχυς, Matthew 12:1; Mark 2:23; Mark 4:28; Luke 6:1). The remarkable productiveness of the cereals in Egypt has been proverbial from the days of Joseph (Genesis 41:47) to the present time. Jowett states, in his Christian Researches, that when in Egypt he plucked up at random a few stalks out of the thick grain-fields. " We counted the number of stalks which sprouted from single grains of seed, carefully pulling to pieces each root in order to see that it was one plant. The first had seven stalks, the next three, then eighteen, then fourteen. Each stalk would bear an ear." Even greater numbers than these are mentioned by Dr. Shaw, and still more by Pliny. It also often happens that one of the stalks will bear two ears, while each of these ears will shoot out into a number of lesser ears, affording a most plentiful increase. (See CORN).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Ears of Corn'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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