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leek

Hebrew: —transliteration: hatsir or chatsir —meaning: green grass or herbage

translated as “grass” in 1 Kings 18:5 KJV; 2 Kings 19:26 KJV; Job 40:15 KJV, etc.

translated as “herb” in Job 8:12 KJV

translated as “hay” in Proverbs 27:25 KJV, and Isaiah 15:6 KJV

translated as “leeks” only in Numbers 11:5 KJV

This Hebrew word seems to denote in this last passage simply herbs, such as lettuce or savoury herbs cooked as kitchen vegetables, and not necessarily what are now called leeks.

The leek (Allium porrum or Allium kurrat) was a favorite vegetable in Egypt, and is still largely cultivated there and in Israel.

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