Verb · A primitive root [compare חלה (H2470)]

A primitive root (compare H2470); also denominative (from H2485) properly, to bore, i.e. (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively, to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an 'opening wedge'); to play (the flute):—begin (× men began), defile, × break, defile, × eat (as common things), × first, × gather the grape thereof, × take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.


  1. to profane, defile, pollute, desecrate, begin
    1. (Niphal)
      1. to profane oneself, defile oneself, pollute oneself
        1. ritually
        2. sexually
      2. to be polluted, be defiled
    2. (Piel)
      1. to profane, make common, defile, pollute
      2. to violate the honour of, dishonour
      3. to violate (a covenant)
      4. to treat as common
    3. (Pual) to profane (name of God)
    4. (Hiphil)
      1. to let be profaned
      2. to begin
    5. (Hophal) to be begun
  2. to wound (fatally), bore through, pierce, bore
    1. (Qal) to pierce
    2. (Pual) to be slain
    3. (Poel) to wound, pierce
    4. (Poal) to be wounded
  3. (Piel) to play the flute or pipe

Usages (1/3)

Leviticus 21:4

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