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The Hebrew word does not occur in the parallel passage in Leviticus (11:14, da'ah, rendered “vulture;” in Revised Version, “kite”). It was an unclean bird. The Hebrew name is from a root meaning “to see,” “to look,” thus designating a bird with a keen sight. The bird intended is probably the buzzard, of which there are three species found in Israel.