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Cormorant, the representative in the Authorized Version of the Hebrew words kâath and shâlâc. As to the former, see Pelican. Shâlâc occurs only as the name of an unclean bird in Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:17. The word has been variously rendered. The etymology points to some plunging bird. The common cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), which some writers have identified with the shâlâc, is unknown in the eastern Mediterranean; another species is found south of the Red Sea, but none of the west coast of Palestine.


The Cormorant.