Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Crimson, scarlet, worm, a maggot (as voracious)

Hebrew: תּוֹלָע, tôlāʿ (H8438)

15 King James Bible Verses


Here are crimson, scarlet, worm and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word תּוֹלָע mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: H8438

Hebrew Base Word: תּוֹלָע

Part of speech: Noun Masculine

Usage: Crimson, scarlet, worm

Definition: A maggot (as voracious); specifically (often with ellipsis of H8144) the crimson-grub, but used only (in this connection) of the color from it, and cloths dyed therewith.

Detailed definition:

  1. Worm, scarlet stuff, crimson.
    1. Worm—the female "coccus ilicis" (Kermes ilicis).
    2. Scarlet stuff, crimson, scarlet.
      1. The dye made from the dried body of the female of the worm "coccus ilicis" (Kermes ilicis).
  2. Worm, maggot.
    1. Worm, grub.
    2. The worm "coccus ilicis" (Kermes ilicis).

Derived terms: And (feminine) תּוֹלֵעָה; or תּוֹלַעַת; or תֹּלַעַת; from H3216.

Comments: When the female of this species of grub gives birth, it dies and produces a potent crimson dye.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: t̪oˈlɔːʕ
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: to̞wˈlɑːʕ
  3. Transliteration: tôlāʿ
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: toh-LAW
  5. Modern Pronunciation: toh-LA

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