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kinnim. (See EXODUS; EGYPT.) Mosquitoes, troublesome in Egypt toward October, soon after the plague of frogs, not only giving pain, but entering the body through the nostrils and ears; so Septuagint, Philo, and Origen. But mosquitoes' larvae are deposited in stagnant waters, whereas Exodus (Exodus 8:17) states "all the dust became lice throughout all the land of Egypt." Sir S. Baker writes similarly from experience, "it is as though the very dust were turned into lice"; a tick no larger than a grain of sand becomes swollen with blood to the size of a hazel nut. The Egyptian chenems (related to kinnim)), "mosquito," retained in the Coptic, favors the former. The Egyptian ken, "force," "plague," may apply to either view.

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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'lice' Fausset's Bible Dictionary". - Fausset's; 1878.

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