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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  stony  heap,  an  "island,"  as  it  has  been  called  of  rock  about  30 
  miles  by  20,  rising  20  or  30  feet  above  the  table-land  of 
  Bashan;  a  region  of  crags  and  chasms  wild  and  rugged  in  the 
  extreme.  On  this  island"  stood  sixty  walled  cities,  ruled  over 
  by  Og  It  is  called  Trachonitis  ("the  rugged  region")  in  the  New 
  Testament  (Luke  3:1).  These  cities  were  conquered  by  the 
  Israelites  (Deut.  3:4;  1  Kings  4:13).  It  is  now  called  the 
  Lejah.  Here  "sixty  walled  cities  are  still  traceable  in  a  space 
  of  308  square  miles.  The  architecture  is  ponderous  and  massive. 
  Solid  walls  4  feet  thick,  and  stones  on  one  another  without 
  cement;  the  roofs  enormous  slabs  of  basaltic  rock,  like  iron; 
  the  doors  and  gates  are  of  stone  18  inches  thick,  secured  by 
  ponderous  bars.  The  land  bears  still  the  appearance  of  having 
  been  called  the  'land  of  giants'  under  the  giant  Og."  "I  have 
  more  than  once  entered  a  deserted  city  in  the  evening,  taken 
  possession  of  a  comfortable  house,  and  spent  the  night  in  peace. 
  Many  of  the  houses  in  the  ancient  cities  of  Bashan  are  perfect, 
  as  if  only  finished  yesterday.  The  walls  are  sound,  the  roofs 
  unbroken,  and  even  the  window-shutters  in  their  places.  These 
  ancient  cities  of  Bashan  probably  contain  the  very  oldest 
  specimens  of  domestic  architecture  in  the  world"  (Porter's  Giant 
  Cities).  (See  {BASHAN}.) 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Argob,  a  turf,  or  fat  land