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CHESTNUT (tree) (עֶרְמוֹן, H6895). Mentioned in Genesis 30:37 and Ezekiel 31:8.

The chestnut is Castanea sativa, but the tree mentioned in these texts is the Oriental Plane Tree (Platanus orientalis). The Heb. word is ’armôn, which means “nakedness.” The tree sheds its bark, leaving parts of the trunk yellowish or “naked.” It is common throughout Pal.