Word of the Day Takhash: How an Ancient Word for Leather Gave Animals Their Names

This word has been used to describe everything from dachshunds to manatees.

Before the Great Temple of Jerusalem was erected, the Jewish priests would do the lord’s work in the Tabernacle - a portable temple that ancient Israelites carried with them during the Exodus. The roof of the Tabernacle was made of a leather described as takhash but it is not altogether clear what this was.