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Also Hebrew: 'aphar, usually rendered “dust”
clay or mud used for cement in building (Lev. 14:42, 45)
Mortar for pulverizing (Prov. 27:22) grain or other substances by means of a pestle instead of a mill. Mortars were used in the wilderness for pounding the manna (Num. 11:8). It is commonly used in Palestine at the present day to pound wheat, from which the Arabs make a favorite dish called kibby.