Word Summary
galach: to be bald, shave, shave off
Original Word: גָּלַח
Transliteration: galach
Phonetic Spelling: (gaw-lakh')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to be bald, shave, shave off
Meaning: to be bald, to shave, to lay waste
Strong's Concordance
poll, shave off

A primitive root; properly, to be bald, i.e. (causatively) to shave; figuratively to lay waste -- poll, shave (off).


H1548. galach

[גָּלַח‎] verb be bald (Arabic );

Pi`el shave, shave off (so Late Hebrew, Aramaic) — Perfect וְגִלַּח‎ consecutive Leviticus 14:8 2t.; suffix וְגִלְּחוֺ‎ consecutive 2 Samuel 14:26; 3feminine singular וְגִלְּחָה‎ consecutive Deuteronomy 21:12; Imperfect יְגַלַּחLeviticus 14:9; Isaiah 7:20, יְגַלֵּחַ֑Leviticus 13:33 2t., וַיְגַלַּחGenesis 41:14; 2 Samuel 10:4; suffix (3masculine singular) וַיְגַלְּחֵם יְגַלְּחֶגּוּ,1 Chronicles 19:4; 3 feminine singular וַתְּנַלַּךְJudges 16:19; 3masculine plural יְגַלֵּ֑חוּLeviticus 21:5; Ezekiel 44:20; Infinitive suffix of subject גַּלְּחוֺ2 Samuel 14:26; —

1 shave, object the head, ראֹשׁNumbers 6:9 (twice in verse); 6:18 (P) Deuteronomy 21:12 (hair as containing impurity, compare RSSem i. 407), 2 Samuel 14:26 (twice in verse) compare; 14:26; Ezekiel 44:20; Leviticus 13:33 (P), object הַנֶתֶק‎; object persons 1 Chronicles 19:4.

2 shave off, the hair שֵׂעָרLeviticus 14:8-9, (twice in verse) (P) compare Judges 16:19; the beard זָקָןLeviticus 21:5 (H) 2 Samuel 10:4.

3 figurative of devastation by Assyrians Isaiah 7:20 (object הָרַגְלָ֑יִם שַׂעַר הָראֹשׁ,‎ and הַזָּקָן‎).

4 intransitive he shaved (himself) Genesis 41:14 (E).

Pu`al Perfect גֻּלָּ֑חJudges 16:22, גֻּלַּחְתִּי16:17; Participle construct מְגֻלְּחֵיJeremiah 41:5; — be shaven, subject person (of Samson) Judges 16:17, 22; זָקָן מְגֻלְּחֵיJeremiah 41:5.

Hithpa`el Perfect וְהִתְגַּלָּ֑ח‎ consecutive Leviticus 13:33; Infinitive suffix הִתְגַּלְּחוֺNumbers 6:19; — shave oneself Leviticus 13:33; with accusative אֶתנִֿזְרוֺNumbers 6:19 (both P).

I. גלל‎ ( be great in rank or dignity (often of God)).