Canker-Worm (יֶלֶק, yelek, feeding, Joe 1:4; Joe 2:25; "caterpillar," Ps 105:34; Jer 51:14,27; Sept. βροῦχος, i.e. locust-grub; but ἀκρρί, locust, in Jeremiah; Chald. פּ רהָא, winged locust; Syr. creeping locust) is generally referred to some hairy or caterpillar-like species of locust (Jer 51:27, סָמִר, bristly, Auth. Ver. "rough"). Possibly it merely describes the locust in a certain stage of its growth, viz. just when it emerges from the caterpillar state and obtains the use of its wings; see Na 3:16," the canker-worm has thrown of (פָּשִׁט, A. V. spoileth) its scales [or "expanded its wings"] and flown away ;" thus corresponding to the description by Jerome (in loc. Nab.) of the attelabus (ἀττέλαβος), or "wingless locust" (Credner, Joel, p. 305; see Bochart, Hieroz. 2:445). SEE LOCUST.

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