"The term is remarkably rare in mytho-poetical texts but widely used in administrative documents" (SED II 6)
"A rare poetic term" (SED II 6).
"In the translation of Dt. 7.13, likely a Hebraism" (SED II 6).
du. áḷfi, pl. éḷaf. This word is grammatically masculine in spite of specifically designating a female animal.