Sciniph meaning

(obsolete) Some kind of stinging or biting insect; a flea, gnat, sandfly, or the like.

And Aaron stretched forth his hand, holding the rod: and he struck the dust of the earth, and there came sciniphs on men and on beasts: all the dust of the earth was turned into sciniphs through all the land of Egypt. Exodus 8:17 (Douay version)

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Origin of sciniph

  • Latin scinifes, cinifes or ciniphes, plural, from Ancient Greek σκνίψ (sknips, “gnat, small fly(flea?)”), plural σκνῖφες (skniphes) or σκνῖπες (sknipes).

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