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Hay (Heb. châtsı̂r), the rendering of the Authorized Version in Prov. 27:25 and Isa. 15:6 of the Hebrew term, which occurs frequently in the Old Testament, and denotes “grass” of any kind. It is quite probable that the modern Orientals do not make hay in our sense of the term; but is certain that the ancients did mow their grass, and probably made use of the dry material. See Ps. 37:2. We may remark that there is an express Hebrew term for “dry grass” or “hay,” viz., chashash, which, in the only two places where the word occurs, Isa. 5:24; 33:11, is rendered “chaff” in the Authorized Version.