NIBHAZ (nĭb'hăz, Heb. nivhaz). A god whose image in the form of a dog was made and worshiped by the Avvites when the Samaritan race was being formed (
NIBHAZ nĭb’ hăz (נִבְחַ֖ז). An idol of the Syrian Avvites which they worshiped with Tartak and introduced into Samaria (
Jewish tradition, according to Montgomery (op. cit., p. 474) attempted an abusive etymology. Assuming that the root of the word meant “bark like a dog,” it was inferred that the idol was the likeness of a dog.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
Given as the name of an idol of the Avvites, introduced by them into Samaria (