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Chestnut tree

Chestnut tree [N] [S]

(Heb. 'armon ; i.e., "naked"), mentioned in connection with Jacob's artifice regarding the cattle ( Genesis 30:37 ). It is one of the trees of which, because of its strength and beauty, the Assyrian empire is likened ( Ezekiel 31:8 ; RSV, "plane trees"). It is probably the Oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis) that is intended. It is a characteristic of this tree that it annually sheds its outer bark, becomes "naked." The chestnut tree proper is not a native of Palestine.

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Chestnut tree". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Chestnut tree [N] [E]

(Heb. armon .) ( Genesis 30:37 ; Ezekiel 31:8 ) Probably the "palm tree" (Platanus orientalis ) is intended. This tree thrives best in low and rather moist situations in the north of Palestine, and resembles our sycamore or buttonwood (Platanus occidentalis ).


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Chestnut tree'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.