Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, flies, gnats, etc. There are numerous kinds; they are produced in putrescent substances, particularly the dung of animals. They have no eyelids on account of the smallness of their eyes but in compensation they have two hands with which they may constantly be seen washing their eyes. They also have a proboscis, which they stretch out when they want to lick blood and withdraw when they have sucked it all up. They hum and buzz like a reed which is blown into. They are unable to run as they have …

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Ruska, J., “Ḏh̲ubāb”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1905>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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