(Heb. ayyah), a rapacious and keen-sighted bird of prey belonging to the hawk family. The Hebrew word thus rendered occurs in three passages-- (Leviticus 11:14; 14:13; Job 28:7) In the two former it is translated "kite" in the Authorized Version, in the latter "vulture." It is enumerated among the twenty names of birds mentioned in (14:1)... which were considered unclean by the Mosaic law and forbidden to be used as food by the Israelites.
Main reference: Smith's Bible Dictionary (1860s)
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