SKINK (Heb. חֹמֶט, ḥomet), a reptile of the family Scincidae, of which six genera are found in Israel. These differ greatly in their bodily structure, some lacking legs entirely and resembling snakes, while others have atrophied feet or resemble the lizard. The ḥomet is included among the reptiles that are forbidden as food and render unclean men and articles which come into contact with their carcasses (Lev. 11:30). The identification of the ḥomet with the skink is based on the rendering of the Targum as well as on its description in rabbinical literature. Some commentators identify the ḥomet with the snail, but it is highly improbable. The ḥomet is enumerated among other species of reptile, and in addition it is difficult to accept that the stringent laws of ritual uncleanness would apply to snails, which abound in Israel, and some of which are so small that it is difficult to avoid contact with them. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Lewysohn, Zool, 279f., nr. 362; I. Aharoni, Zikhronot Zo'olog Ivri, 2 (1946), 233, 244; J. Feliks, Animal World of the Bible (1962), 98. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Feliks, Ha-Tzome'aḥ, 233. (Jehuda Feliks)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • Skink — Skink, n. [L. scincus, Gr. ????.] [Written also {scink}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of regularly scaled harmless lizards of the family {Scincid[ae]}, common in the warmer parts of all the continents. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skink — Skink, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skinked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skinking}.] [Icel. skenja; akin to Sw. sk[ a]ka, Dan. skienke, AS. scencan, D. & G. schenken. As. scencan is usually derived from sceonc, sceanc, shank, a hollow bone being supposed to have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skink — Skink, v. i. To serve or draw liquor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skink — Skink, n. Drink; also, pottage. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Skink — (Scincus); nach Daudin Gattung der Schlangeneidechsen; der Leib ist walzig, nach dem Schwanz zu dünner, Kopf u. Hals sind nicht getrennt, die Schuppen sind gleichförmig, glatt, liegen ziegelartig auf dem ganzen Körper, die vier Füße sind kurz u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Skink — (Glanzschleiche, Scincus Laur.), Eidechsengattung aus der Familie der Wühlechsen (Scincoidea), Reptilien mit konischem Kopf, unten plattem Körper, abgeplatteten, gesägt randigen Zehen und kegelförmigem Schwanz. Der gemeine S. (Meerskink, Scincus… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Skink — Skink, Erdkrokodil, Apotheker S. (Scincus officinālis Laur. [Abb. 1751]), zu den Kurzzünglern gehörende Eidechse, graugelb, mit dunklen Querbändern; Nordafrika. Pulverisiert früher (als Stinkmarie oder Stinzmarie, verderbt aus Scincus marinus)… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Skink — Skink, lat. Scincus, Gattung Amphibien aus der Ordnung der Eidechsen, mit 4 5zehigen Füßen; der officinelle S. (S. officinalis). bis 8 lang, gelblich mit schwärzlichen Querbinden, fast beständig an der Sonne. In Syrien, Arabien, Nordafrika …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Skink — der; [e]s, e <über lat. scincus aus gr. skígkos »orientalische Eidechse«> (in Tropen u. Subtropen lebende) Echse mit keilförmigem Kopf, glatten, glänzenden Schuppen u. langem Schwanz, Wühl od. Glattechse …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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