Fan (מִזרֶה, mizreh', πτύον), a winsowing-shovel, with which grain was thrown up against the wind, in order to cleanse it from the brokensstraw and chaff (Isa 30:24; Jer 15:7; Mt 3:12; Lu 3:17). SEE AGRICULTURE. At the present day in Syria, the instrument used is a largee wooden fork. (See Robinson's Researches, 2:277, 371; Smith's Dict. of Class., Antiq. s.v. Pala). Both kinds of instruments are delineated on the Egyptian monuments (Wilkinson, 2:4046). SEE WINNOWING.

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