Avian And Attributes – Rock
“Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4 KJV)
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
(1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV)
Avian and Attributes – Rock
ROCK, n. [Gr., L. rupes, from the root of rumpo, to break or burst. If this is not the origin of rock, I know not to what root to assign it.]
1. A large mass of stony matter, usually compounded of two or more simple minerals, either bedded in the earth or resting on its surface. Sometimes rocks compose the principal part of huge mountains; sometimes hugh rocks lie on the surface of the earth, in detached blocks or masses. Under this term, mineralogists class all mineral substances, coal, gypsum, salt, &c.
2. In Scripture, figuratively, defense; means of safety; protection; strength; asylum.
The Lord is my rock. 2 Sam 22.
3. Firmness; a firm or immovable foundation. Psa 28.
Mat 7. Mat 16.
4. A species of vulture or condor.
5. A fabulous bird in the Eastern tales.
1. To move backward and forward, as a body resting on a foundation; as, to rock a cradle; to rock a chair; to rock a mountain. It differs from shake, as denoting a slower and more uniform motion, or larger movements. It differs from swing, which expresses a vibratory motion of something suspended.
A rising earthquake rock’d the ground.
2. To move backwards and forwards in a cradle, chair, &c.; as, to rock a child to sleep.
3. To lull to quiet.
ROCK, v.i. To be moved backwards and forwards; to reel.
The rocking town supplants their footsteps.
The Rock Dove or Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) is a member of the bird family Columbidae (doves and pigeons). In common usage, this bird is often simply referred to as the “pigeon”.
The species include the domestic Pigeon, including the Fancy Pigeon. Escaped domestic Pigeons have raised the populations of feral Pigeons around the world.
Wild rock doves are pale grey with two black bars on each wing, while domestic and feral pigeons are very variable in colour and pattern. Few differences are seen between males and females. The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents care for the young for a time.
Habitats include various open and semi-open environments. Cliffs and rock ledges are used for roosting and breeding in the wild. Originally found wild in Europe, North Africa, and western Asia, pigeons have become established in cities around the world. The species is abundant, with an estimated population of 17 to 28 million feral and wild birds in Europe.
Probably one of the most recognized birds around the world. It is a mentioned in Scripture, therefore making it one of the Birds of the Bible.
“And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.” (John 1:32 KJV)
[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]