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donated by L. Savage
Hebrew and Greek Words
Used for Snakes in the Bible
The following words come from Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance. This font does not do the words justice,
but for now it will have to do. I've not taken either Hebrew
or Greek, but it appears that just as in English, a word can
have a variety of meanings depending upon context. Hebrew especially
uses a variety of words that have roots describing a snake's
behavior (hissing, twisting, coiling).
- akshûwb - a coiled serpent
- epheh - a hissing, probably venomous snake
- livyâthân - serpent or sea-monster, constellation
of the Dragon
- nâchâsh - a hissing serpent
- pethen - a twisting snake, asp
- sârâph - a burning (poisonous) serpent, seraph
- shephîyphôn - a gaping or snapping serpent, adder
- tannâh - female jackal or dragon
- tannîyn - dragon, sea-monster, jackal, serpent
- tsepha or tsiphônîy - an extruding (thrusting
the tongue) snake
- zâchal - to fear, serpent, worm
- aspis - a buckler, or round shield, used of a serpent as
- drakon - a fabulous serpent
- echidna - an adder or other poisonous snake
- herpeton - reptile, small animal, serpent. (We get "herpetology"
from this word.)
- ophis - a snake (type of sly cunning), artful malicious person
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