, a pl. [or rather a coll. gen. n.] of which the sing. [or n. un.] is with ة; (Ṣ, Mgh;) or a masc. n., of which the fem. is with ة, (Lth, T, M, Mṣb, Ḳ,) and also a pl. [or coll. gen. n.], (M,) [The hyrax Syriacus; believed to be the animal called in Hebr.
שָׁפָן ;] a certain small beast, (Lth, T, Ṣ, Mgh, Mṣb, Ḳ,) like the cat, (Mṣb, Ḳ,) or of the size of the cat, (Lth, T, M, Mgh,) or smaller than the cat, (Ṣ,) of the beasts of the desert, (M,) of a dust-colour, (Lth, T, Mgh, Mṣb,) or of a hue between dust-colour and white, (طَحْلَآءُ, this epithet being applied to وَبْرَةٌ, Ṣ,) or white, (TA,) having beautiful eyes, (Lth, T, Mgh,) or having eyes bordered with black, or very black eyes, (كَحْلَآءُ, Mṣb,) having no tail, (Ṣ, Mṣb,) or having a small tail, (Mgh,) [Golius says, on the authority of Dmr., “ longiore caudâ, ” which is a mistake, for it has no tail,] said to be of the weasel-kind, (Mṣb,) very shy, (Lth, T, Mgh,) living in low grounds, (Lth, T,) and dwelling in houses [of its own or of men], (Ṣ,) or it is confined in houses, and is taught; and it is eaten, because it feeds upon leguminous plants: (Mgh:) it is [said to be] a ruminant; [but this is not the case;] and therefore it is said in a trad., that when a man in a state of إِحْرَام kills it, he must sacrifice a sheep or goat: (TA:) [a full and correct description of this animal is given in art. “ Shaphan ” of Dr. Kitto's “ Cyclopædia of Biblical Literature: ”] pl. وِبَارٌ (Ṣ, M, Mṣb, Ḳ) and وُبُورٌ and وِبَارَةٌ (M, Ḳ) and إِبَارَةٌ, (M, TA,) with hemzeh in the place of the و. (TA.) One says, فُلَانٌ أَسْمَحُ مِنْ ?? الوَبْرِ [Such a one is more liberal than the marrow of the webr]: because the marrow of the webr comes forth easily. (IAạr, T.) And فُلَانٌ أَذَمُّ مِنَ الوِبَارَةِ [Such a one is more dispraised than the webrs]. (Fr, T.)