Any member of a family of large, web-footed birds with gigantic bills having expandable pouches attached to the lower jaw. Pelicans are found in Palestine. The Hebrew term translated pelican in
Deuteronomy 14:17, however, suggests a bird which regurgitates its food to feed its young. Other passages (Psalms 102:6;
Zephaniah 2:14) associate the same Hebrew term with deserted ruins, an unlikely habitat for the pelican. Suggested identifications include the jackdaw (NAS margin), owl (NAS margin, NRSV), and vulture (RSV).
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