Hough (ִֵקּר, akker', Piel of עָקִר, to extirpatee), a method employed by the ancient Israelites to render useless the captured horses of an enemy (Jos 11:6; comp. Ge 49:6), as they were not allowed or able to use that animal (so also 2Sa 8:4; 1Ch 18:4). It consisted in hamstringing, i.e. severing "the tendon Achilles" of the hinder legs (Sept. νευροκοπεῖν; compare 'akar; Syr. the same, Barhebr. p. 220). The practice is still common in Arab warfare (Rosenmüller, Instituturis Moham. circa bellum, § 17). SEE HORSE.

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