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Hebrew: 'akhbar, “swift digger”
properly the doormouse, the field-mouse (1 Samuel 6:4)
In Leviticus 11:29, Isaiah 66:17 this word is used generically, and includes the jerboa (Mus jaculus), rat, hamster (Cricetus), which, though declared to be unclean animals, were eaten by the Arabs, and are still eaten by the Bedouins.
It is said that no fewer than twenty-three species of this group ('akhbar=Arab. ferah) of animals inhabit Israel.
Herodotus, the Greek historian, accounts for the destruction of the army of Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:35) by saying that in the night thousands of mice invaded the camp and gnawed through the bow-strings, quivers, and shields, and thus left the Assyrians helpless.