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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) One of several small, swift, elegantly formed species of antelope, of the genus Gazella, esp. G. dorcas; -- called also algazel, corinne, korin, and kevel. The gazelles are celebrated for the luster and soft expression of their eyes.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ga-zel' (tsebhi, and feminine tsebhiyah; compare Tabeitha (Acts 9:36), and Arabic zabi; also Arabic ghazal; Dorkas (Acts 9:36); modern Greek zarkadi):

The word "gazelle" does not occur in the King James Version, where tsebhi and tsebhiyah, in the 16 passages where they occur, are uniformly translated "roe" or "roebuck." In the Revised Version (British and American) the treatment is not uniform. We find "gazelle" without comment in Deuteronomy 12:15, 22; Deuteronomy 14:5; Deuteronomy 15:22 1 Kings 4:23. We find "roe," with marginal note "or gazelle," in Proverbs 6:5 Songs 2:7, 9, 17; Songs 4:5; Songs 8:14 Isaiah 13:14. We find "roe" without comment in 2 Samuel 2:18 1 Chronicles 12:8; Songs 3:5; Songs 7:3. In the last passage cited, Songs 7:3, while the American Standard Revised Version has no note, the English Revised Version refers to Songs 4:5, where "gazelle" is graven in the margin. In the opinion of the writer, the rendering should be "gazelle" in all of these passages. It must be acknowledged, however, that the gazelle and the roe-deer are of about the same size, and are sometimes confused with each other. The Greek dorkas may refer to either, and in Syria the roe-deer is sometimes called ghazal or even wa`l, which is the proper name of the Persian wild goat.

The gazelle is an antelope belonging to the bovine family of the even-toed ruminants. There are more than twenty species of gazelle, all belonging to Asia and Africa. The species found in Syria and Palestine is the Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas). It is 2 ft. high at the shoulders. Both sexes have unbranched, lyrate, ringed horns, which may be a foot long. The general coloration is tawny, but it is creamy white below and on the rump, and has a narrow white line from above the eye to the nostril. Several varieties have been distinguished, but they will not bear elevation to the rank of species, except perhaps Gazelle merilli a form of which a few specimens have been obtained from the Judean hills, having distinctly different horns from those of the common gazelle. The gazelle is found singly or in small groups on the interior plains and the uplands, but not in the high mountains. It is a marvel of lightness and grace, and a herd, when alarmed, makes off with great rapidity over the roughest country (2 Samuel 2:18 1 Chronicles 12:8 Proverbs 6:5 Songs 8:14). The beauty of the eyes is proverbial. The skin is used for floor coverings, pouches or shoes, and the flesh is eaten, though not highly esteemed.


Alfred Ely Day

1393. Dorkas -- "gazelle" (an animal with large bright eyes) ...
... 1392, 1393. Dorkas. 1394 . "gazelle" (an animal ... Dorcas. Gazelle; Dorcas, a
Christian woman -- Dorcas. (dorkas) -- 2 Occurrences. 1392, 1393. Dorkas. 1394 ...
// - 6k

5000. Tabitha -- "gazelle," Tabitha (also called Dorcas), a ...
... "gazelle ... Word Origin of Aramaic origin Definition "gazelle," Tabitha (also called
Dorcas, see NG1393), a Christian woman NASB Word Usage Tabitha (2). Tabitha. ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
6646. tsebiyyah -- female gazelle
... 6645, 6646. tsebiyyah. 6647 . female gazelle. Transliteration: tsebiyyah Phonetic
Spelling: (tseb-ee-yaw') Short Definition: gazelle. Word Origin fem. ...
/hebrew/6646.htm - 6k

6643b. tsebi -- gazelle
... gazelle. Transliteration: tsebi Short Definition: gazelle. Word Origin from an unused
word Definition gazelle NASB Word Usage gazelle (9), gazelles (5). ...
/hebrew/6643b.htm - 5k

6645. Tsibyah -- "gazelle," mother of Jehoash
... 6644, 6645. Tsibyah. 6646 . "gazelle," mother of Jehoash. Transliteration:
Tsibyah Phonetic Spelling: (tsib-yaw') Short Definition: Zibiah. ...
/hebrew/6645.htm - 6k

1500. gezelah -- plunder, spoil
... what he has taken (1). gazelle. Feminine of gazel and mean the same: see HEBREW
gazel. 1499, 1500. gezelah. 1501 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/1500.htm - 6k

6643. tsbiy -- beauty, honor
... From tsabah in the sense of prominence; splendor (as conspicuous); also a gazelle
(as beautiful) -- beautiful(-ty), glorious, goodly, pleasant, roe(-buck). ...
/hebrew/6643.htm - 5k

2169. zemer -- perhaps a mountain sheep or goat
... chamois. Apparently from zamar or zamar; a gazelle (from its lightly touching the
ground) -- chamois. see HEBREW zamar. see HEBREW zamar. 2168, 2169. ...
/hebrew/2169.htm - 6k

6081. Epher -- two Israelites, also a Midianite
... Epher. Probably a variation of opher; gazelle; Epher, the name of an Arabian and
of two Israelites -- Epher. see HEBREW opher. 6080, 6081. Epher. 6082 . ...
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... Look well around thee, that thou mayest be delivered as a gazelle from the net and
a bird from the snare.' [577] It is because of her keen sight that the ...
/...// letters and select works/iv homiletical.htm

Communion Broken --Restoration
... Leaping upon the mountain, bounding over the hills. My Beloved is like a gazelle
or a young hart; ... Turn, my Beloved, and be Thou like a gazelle or a young hart. ...
/.../taylor/union and communion/section ii communion brokenrestoration.htm

Over the Mountains. "My Beloved is Mine, and I am His: He Feedeth ...
... The roe and the young hart, or, as you may read it, the gazelle and the ibex, live
among the crags of the mountains, and leap across the abyss with amazing ...
/.../spurgeon/till he come/over the mountains my beloved is.htm

Travelling in Palestine --Roads, Inns, Hospitality, Custom-House ...
... Jerusalem, that Aeneas was miraculously healed, and "nigh" to it"within a few
miles"was Joppa, where the raising of Tabitha, Dorcas, "the gazelle" (Acts 9 ...
/.../sketches of jewish social life/chapter 4 travelling in palestineroads.htm

Israel's Hope; Or, the Centre of the Target
... How is this?" The other day you saw a man blind, begging in the street, and now
he has an eye bright as that which sparkles on the face of a gazelle, and you ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 37 1891/israels hope or the centre.htm

The Son of the Murket
... Her sandals were mere jeweled straps of white gazelle-hide, passing under the heel
and ball of the foot. She was as daringly dressed as a lissome dancing-girl. ...
// yoke/chapter xvii the son of.htm

Chapter xxxvi
... Genesis 36:5) may mean "helper (is God)." Nahath (v. Genesis 36:13) means "rest,"
Zerah ""rising" or "east"; Dishon (v. Genesis 36:21) ""gazelle"; Alvan (v ...
/.../ of genesis volume 1/chapter xxxvi.htm

Grundtvig's Hymns
... to Ingemann, "but when I write as my intuition dictates, it works well; ideas and
images come to me without effort, and I fly lightly as the gazelle from crag ...
/.../aaberg/hymns and hymnwriters of denmark/chapter fifteen grundtvigs hymns.htm

Under Ban of the Ritual
... His sandals were of white gazelle-hide, stitched with gold, and, by way of ornament,
he had but a single armlet, and a collar, consisting of ten golden rings ...
// yoke/chapter ii under ban of.htm

The Close of the Theban Empire --(Continued)
... boxes, and sometimes there would be laid beside them the mummy of a favourite
animal"a monkey, a dog of some rare breed, or a pet gazelle, whose coffins were ...
/.../chapter ithe close of the.htm

Gazelle (12 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. GAZELLE. ... We find "gazelle" without comment in
Deuteronomy 12:15, 22; Deuteronomy 14:5; Deuteronomy 15:22 1 Kings 4:23. ...
/g/gazelle.htm - 13k

Roe (21 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary (Hebrews tsebi), properly the gazelle (Arab. ... 2:9; 7:3;
8:14). The gazelle (Gazella dorcas) is found in great numbers in Palestine. ...
/r/roe.htm - 15k

Deer (15 Occurrences)
... of ya`el (compare Arabic, wa`l, "Pers wild goat"); tsebhi, and feminine tsebhiyah
(compare Arabic, zabi and feminine zabiyah, "gazelle"); `opher (compare Arabic ...
/d/deer.htm - 17k

Antelope (2 Occurrences)
... 51:20)); orux (The Septuagint in Codex Vaticanus has hos seutlion hemiephthon,
literally, "like a half-cooked beet-root"): The dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas ...
/a/antelope.htm - 11k

Roebuck (5 Occurrences)
... the Revised Version (British and American) usually substitutes "gazelle" in the
text (Deuteronomy 12:15, etc.) or margin (Proverbs 6:5, etc.), but retains "roe ...
/r/roebuck.htm - 9k

Stag (5 Occurrences)
... Stag (5 Occurrences). Deuteronomy 14:5 the hart, and the gazelle, and the stag,
and the wild goat, and the dishon and the oryx, and the wild sheep. (DBY). ...
/s/stag.htm - 8k

... Behemoth) (c) Ruminants: (1) Bovidae, Domestic Cattle, Wild Ox or Unicorn, Sinaitic
Ibex (sv GOAT), Persian Wild Goat (sv CHAMOIS), Gazelle, Arabian Oryx (sv ...
/z/zoology.htm - 18k

Ceremonially (38 Occurrences)
... desire of your soul, according to the blessing of Yahweh your God which he has given
you: the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle, and as of ...
/c/ceremonially.htm - 18k

Zibia (1 Occurrence)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Gazelle, a Benjamite (1 Chronicles 8:9). Int. ... ZIBIA.
zib'-ia (tsibhya', perhaps "gazelle"): A Benjamite (1 Chronicles 8:9). ...
/z/zibia.htm - 7k

Ox (197 Occurrences)
... The Arabic raim, is used of a light-colored gazelle. The great strength and fierceness
implied in most of the references suit the wild-ox better than the oryx. ...
/o/ox.htm - 43k

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Gazelle (12 Occurrences)

Deuteronomy 12:15
Notwithstanding, you may kill and eat flesh within all your gates, after all the desire of your soul, according to the blessing of Yahweh your God which he has given you: the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle, and as of the hart.

Deuteronomy 12:22
Even as the gazelle and as the hart is eaten, so you shall eat of it: the unclean and the clean may eat of it alike.

Deuteronomy 14:5
the hart, and the gazelle, and the roebuck, and the wild goat, and the ibex, and the antelope, and the chamois.

Deuteronomy 15:22
You shall eat it within your gates: the unclean and the clean shall eat it alike, as the gazelle, and as the hart.

2 Samuel 2:18
The three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild gazelle.

Proverbs 6:5
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Song of Songs 2:9
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. Behold, he standeth behind our wall, He looketh in through the windows, Glancing through the lattice.

Song of Songs 2:17
Until the day dawn, and the shadows flee away. Turn, my beloved: be thou like a gazelle or a young hart, Upon the mountains of Bether.

Song of Songs 4:5
Thy two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, Which feed among the lilies.

Song of Songs 7:3
Thy two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle;

Song of Songs 8:14
Come away, my beloved! Be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices!

Isaiah 13:14
It will happen that like a a hunted gazelle, and like sheep that no one gathers, they will each turn to their own people, and will each flee to their own land.



Related Terms

Roe (21 Occurrences)

Deer (15 Occurrences)

Antelope (2 Occurrences)

Roebuck (5 Occurrences)

Stag (5 Occurrences)


Ceremonially (38 Occurrences)

Zibia (1 Occurrence)

Ox (197 Occurrences)

Earth (10501 Occurrences)

Dorcas (3 Occurrences)

Chamois (1 Occurrence)

Alike (67 Occurrences)

Gates (156 Occurrences)

Gazed (9 Occurrences)

Hart (10 Occurrences)

Wild (147 Occurrences)

Zeruiah (25 Occurrences)

Zibiah (2 Occurrences)

Orpah (2 Occurrences)

Oryx (2 Occurrences)

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)

Glancing (2 Occurrences)

Gazelles (5 Occurrences)

Gathers (27 Occurrences)

Gazing (11 Occurrences)

Ibex (1 Occurrence)

Fleet-footed (2 Occurrences)

Fowler (3 Occurrences)

Tabitha (2 Occurrences)


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Dishon (7 Occurrences)

Mountain-sheep (1 Occurrence)

Pygarg (1 Occurrence)

Peering (1 Occurrence)

Breathes (6 Occurrences)

Cud (9 Occurrences)

Chew (5 Occurrences)

As'ahel (17 Occurrences)

Aran (2 Occurrences)

Swift-footed (1 Occurrence)

Spice-laden (1 Occurrence)

Asahel (17 Occurrences)

Notwithstanding (37 Occurrences)

Abishai (25 Occurrences)

Spice (25 Occurrences)

Lover (55 Occurrences)

Slaughter (121 Occurrences)

Bird (65 Occurrences)

Joab (128 Occurrences)

Dawn (70 Occurrences)

Snare (69 Occurrences)

Nevertheless (153 Occurrences)

Spices (64 Occurrences)

Slay (189 Occurrences)

Shepherd (76 Occurrences)

Hunter's (1 Occurrence)

Hunted (9 Occurrences)

Hunter (3 Occurrences)

Food (2953 Occurrences)

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