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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fitch  \Fitch\  (?;  224),  n.;  pl  {Fitches}.  [See  {Vetch}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  vetch.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  pl  (Bot.)  A  word  found  in  the  Authorized  Version  of  the 
  Bible,  representing  different  Hebrew  originals.  In  Isaiah 
  xxviii.  25,  27,  it  means  the  black  aromatic  seeds  of 
  {Nigella  sativa},  still  used  as  a  flavoring  in  the  East. 
  In  Ezekiel  iv  9,  the  Revised  Version  now  reads  spelt. 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Fitches 
  (Isa.  28:25,  27),  the  rendering  of  the  Hebrew  _ketsah_,  "without 
  doubt  the  Nigella  sativa,  a  small  annual  of  the  order 
  Ranunculacece,  which  grows  wild  in  the  Mediterranean  countries, 
  and  is  cultivated  in  Egypt  and  Syria  for  its  seed."  It  is 
  rendered  in  margin  of  the  Revised  Version  "black  cummin."  The 
  seeds  are  used  as  a  condiment. 
 
  In  Ezek.  4:9  this  word  is  the  rendering  of  the  Hebrew 
  _kussemeth_  (incorrectly  rendered  rye"  in  the  Authorized 
  Version  of  Ex  9:32  and  Isa.  28:25,  but  spelt"  in  the  Revised 
  Version).  The  reading  fitches"  here  is  an  error;  it  should  be 
  "spelt." 
 




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