Heb. 'ayalah ( 2 Samuel 22:34 ; Psalms 18:33 , etc.) and 'ayeleth ( Psalms 22 , title), the female of the hart or stag. It is referred to as an emblem of activity ( Genesis 49:21 ), gentleness ( Proverbs 5:19 ), feminine modesty (Cant 2:7 ; 3:5 ), earnest longing ( Psalms 42:1 ), timidity ( Psalms 29:9 ). In the title of Psalms 22 , the word probably refers to some tune bearing that name.
the female of the common stag or Cervus elaphus . It is frequently noticed in the poetical parts of Scripture as emblematic of activity, ( Genesis 49:21 ; Psalms 18:33 ) gentleness, ( Proverbs 5:19 ) feminine modesty, ( Solomon 2:7 ; 3:5 ) earnest longing, ( Psalms 42:1 ) and maternal affection. ( Jeremiah 14:5 ) Its shyness and remoteness from the haunts of men are also alluded to, ( Job 39:1 ) and its timidity, causing it to cast its young at the sound of thunder. ( Psalms 29:9 )