(nighthawk, night hawk)

Hebrew: tahmas

occurs only in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:16; Deuteronomy 14:15)

This was supposed to be the night-jar (Caprimulgus), allied to the swifts. The Hebrew word is derived from a root meaning “to scratch or tear the face,” and may be best rendered, in accordance with the ancient versions, “an owl” (Strix flammea).

The Revised King James Version renders “night-hawk.”