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Reference: Fan

American

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.

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Easton

a winnowing shovel by which grain was thrown up against the wind that it might be cleansed from broken straw and chaff (Isa 30:24; Jer 15:7; Mt 3:12). (See Agriculture.)

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Fausets

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).

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Hastings

The fan of Scripture (Isa 30:24; Mt 3:12; Lu 3:17) is the five- or six-pronged wooden winnowing-fork, for which see Agriculture,

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Smith

Fan,

a winnowing-shovel, with which grain was thrown up against the wind to be cleansed from the chaff and straw.

Isa 30; 24; Mt 3:12

A large wooden fork is used at the present day.

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