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Kite (Heb. ayyâh), a rapacious and keen-sighted bird of prey belonging to the hawk family. The Hebrew word thus rendered occurs in three passages—Lev. 11:14; Deut. 14:13; Job 28:7. In the two former it is translated “kite” in the Authorized Version, in the latter “vulture.” It is enumerated among the twenty names of birds mentioned in Deut. 14 which were considered unclean by the Mosaic law and forbidden to be used as food by the Israelites.