Word Summary
tinshemeth: (an animal) perhaps owl, chameleon
Original Word: תַּנְשֶׁמֶת
Transliteration: tinshemeth
Phonetic Spelling: (tan-sheh'-meth)
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Short Definition: (an animal) perhaps owl, chameleon
Meaning: a hard breather, two unclean creatures, a lizard and a, bird, the tree-toad and the water-hen
Strong's Concordance
mole, swan

From nasham; properly, a hard breather, i.e. The name of two unclean creatures, a lizard and a bird (both perhaps from changing color through their irascibility), probably the tree-toad and the water-hen -- mole, swan.

see HEBREW nasham


H8580. tinshemeth

תִּנְשֶׁ֫מֶתnoun feminine an animal; — ׳תLeviticus 11:18, תִּנְשָּׁ֑מֶת11:30; Deuteronomy 14:16: —

1 unclean bird, the ibis, water-hen, ᵐ5‎. πορφυρίων, (accusative TristrNHB 249); or species of owl (Di Bu SS); pelican (Ges): Leviticus 11:18 = Deuteronomy 14:16.

2 unclean שֶׁרֶץLeviticus 11:30, lizard (Saad TristrNHB 120), or chameleon (BoHieroz. i. 1078 ff.; ed. Rosenm. ii. 503 ff.), so most; (deriving name from alleged living on air, PlinNH viii. 51; but this not applicable to 1; compare LagBN 130 f.).