8504. tekeleth
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tekeleth: violet, violet thread
Original Word: תְּכֵ֫לֶת
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Transliteration: tekeleth
Phonetic Spelling: (tek-ay'-leth)
Short Definition: blue

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
of uncertain derivation
violet, violet thread
NASB Translation
blue (43), purple (1), violet (5).

תְּכֵ֫לֶת48 noun feminine violet, i.e. violet thread and stuff; ᵐ5 usually υἄκινθος, υἀκίθινος; see ThatcherHast. DB COLOURS (Late Hebrew = Biblical Hebrew; ᵑ7 תִּכְלָא); —

1 violet thread (spun, Exodus 35:25; woven, Exodus 39:3):

a. in Exodus (P) of hangings of tabernacle, ephod, etc., ׳ת + אַרְגָּמָן, תּוֺלַעַת שָׁנִי (q. v.; often also שֵׁשׁ, זהב), Exodus 25:4; Exodus 26:1; Exodus 28:5,6,33; Exodus 35:25 20t.; of temple hangings (+ אַרְגָּמָן, אַרְגְּוָן, כַּרְמִיל, בּוּץ) 2 Chron 2:6; 2 Chronicles 2:13; 2 Chronicles 2:14; loops or cords of ׳ת (alone) Exodus 26:4; Exodus 28:28,31,37; Exodus 36:11; Exodus 39:21,22,31; Numbers 15:38 (all P).

b. palace hangings in Shushan + חוּר Esther 1:6.

2 violet stuff, fabric.; ׳לְבוּשֵׁי ת Ezekiel 23:6, ׳גְּלוֺמֵי ת וְרִקְמָה Ezekiel 27:24; וְאַרְגָּמָן לְבוּשָׁם ׳ת Jeremiah 10:9; also in trade Ezekiel 27:7 (+ אַרְגָּמָן, שֵׁשׁ בְּרִקְמָה), compare ׳בֶּגֶד ת for covering sacred utensils Numbers 4:6,7,9,11,12 (P).


Probably for shcheleth; the cerulean mussel, i.e. The color (violet) obtained therefrom or stuff dyed therewith -- blue.

see HEBREW shcheleth

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