An instrument used for winnowing grain. In the East, fans are of two kinds: one a sort of fork, having three or four prongs, and a handle four feet long; with this they throw up the grain to the wind, that the chaff may be blown away: the other sort of fan is formed to produce wind when the air is calm, Isa 30:24. This process illustrates the complete separation which Christ the Judge will effect between the righteous and the wicked, Jer 15:7; Mt 3:12. See THRESHING.
A long-handled wooden spade, a "winnowing shovel," used in the East to throw up grain in the air so that the chaff may be separated from the wheat (Mt 3:12).