The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon

Strong's Number: 08438 Browse Lexicon
Original WordWord Origin
[lwtfrom (03216)
Transliterated WordTDNT Entry
Towla`TWOT - 2516b
Phonetic SpellingParts of Speech
to-law' Noun Masculine
  1. worm, scarlet stuff, crimson
    1. worm - the female 'coccus ilicis'
    2. scarlet stuff, crimson, scarlet
      1. the dye made from the dried body of the female of the worm "coccus ilicis"
  2. worm, maggot
    1. worm, grub
    2. the worm "coccus ilicis" ++ When the female of the scarlet worm species was ready to give birth to her young, she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree, fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother died, the crimson fluid stained her body and the surrounding wood. From the dead bodies of such female scarlet worms, the commercial scarlet dyes of antiquity were extracted. What a picture this gives of Christ, dying on the tree, shedding His precious blood that He might "bring many sons unto glory" (Heb. 2:
  3. (from page 73, "Biblical Basis for Modern Science", 1985, Baker Book House, by Henry Morris)
King James Word Usage - Total: 43
scarlet 34, worm 8, crimson 1
KJV Verse Count

The Hebrew lexicon is Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Lexicon; this is keyed to the "Theological Word Book of the Old Testament." These files are considered public domain.

Bibliography Information

Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius. "Hebrew Lexicon entry for Towla`". "The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon". .