From a root, "to until the ground." A town of Judah, with dependent villages, in the shephelah, the low hills of Judah, near Shochoh (1 Samuel 17:1; Joshua 15:35). Fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:9; Nehemiah 11:30). Assailed by the king of Babylon (Jeremiah 34:7). Ganneau fixes it at Ellar, half way between Jerusalem and Beit Jibrin; Conder at Deir el Aashek (the monastery of the lover), S. of Sorek valley, eight miles N. of Shochoh (Shuweikeh). A road leads to it from Elah valley.