(Heb. 'ayal), a stag or male deer. It is ranked among the clean animals ( Deuteronomy 12:15 ; 14:5 ; 15:22 ), and was commonly killed for food ( 1 Kings 4:23 ). The hart is frequently alluded to in the poetical and prophetical books ( Isaiah 35:6 ; Cant Isaiah 2:8 Isaiah 2:9 ; Lamentations 1:6 ; Psalms 42:1 ).
A deer; hind.
As the HART panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. ( Psalm 42:1 )
the male stag. The word denotes some member of the deer tribe either the fallow deer or the Barbary deer. The hart is reckoned among the clean animals, ( 12:15 ; 14:5 ; 15:22 ) and seems from the passages quoted, as well as from ( 1 Kings 4:23 ) to have been commonly killed for food.