Word Summary
ken: gnat, gnats, a gnat swarm
Original Word: כֵּן
Transliteration: ken
Phonetic Spelling: (kane)
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Short Definition: gnat, gnats, a gnat swarm
Meaning: gnat, gnats, a gnat swarm
Strong's Concordance
lice, manner

From kanan in the sense of fastening; a gnat (from infixing its sting; used only in plural (and irreg. In Exod. 8:17, Exod. 8:18; Heb. 13:14)) -- lice, X manner.

see HEBREW kanan

see HEBREW 'ebuwc


H3654. ken

IV. כֵּן‎ (?), כִּנָּם כִּנִּם,

noun [masculine], meaning dubious; either gnat, gnats, gnat-swarm (so ᵑ9 ᵐ5‎ <TOPIC:Philo Judaeus> PhiloVita Mos. i, p. 97, <TOPIC:Origen>OrigenHom. 4, 6 in Ex., and most moderns), or [louse,] lice (so ᵑ7 ᵑ6‎ JosAnt. ii. 14. 13 BochHieroz. II, ii, 572 f., as Late Hebrew כִּנָּה‎, plural כִּנִּים‎ = maggots, and especially lice) — absolute perhaps כֵּןIsaiah 51:6 (see below); plural כִּנִּיםExodus 8:13; 8:14; Psalm 105:31, כִּנִּםExodus 8:12; 8:13; 8:14 has, also, כִּנָּם‎ probably a mere Masoretic device for כִּנִּם‎ (compare Di), on account of preceding וַתְּהִי‎ (on which see Ges§ 145. 4 DaSynt. § 116); ‎ has כנים‎ throughout: — of Egyptian plague 8:12; 8:13 (twice in verse); 8:14 (twice in verse) (all P), hence Psalm 105:31; יְמוּתוּן כְּמוֺכֵֿןIsaiah 51:6 like a gnatswarm (?) shall they die (compare Di Du; Weir Che read כנים‎, compare Buhlp. 355; > Brd De like this).

Note. — NöM 54 BaNB § 15, ES 53 BuhlGes HWB ed. 12 connect this word etymologically with Aramaic כלמתאvermin, Ba and Buhl also with Assyrian kalmatu, id. [DlHWB 333], and even with Aramaic קלמתא‎, , Arabic , etc., Ethiopic louse; but these connections, as well as that with Late Hebrew כְּנִימָה‎, all involving radical מ‎, are most improbable