בת

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the root ב־נ־ה

Noun[edit]

בַּת (batf (plural indefinite form בָּנוֹת, singular construct form בַּת, plural construct form בְּנוֹת)

  1. daughter
    • Exodus 2:7, with translation of the King James Version:
      וַתֹּאמֶר אֲחֹתוֹ אֶל בַּת פַּרְעֹה
      vatómer achotó el bat par'ó
      Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter
  2. By analogy to בן - a direct female descendent:
    1. בת-חוה - daughter of eve
  3. A girl, a gal

Usage notes[edit]

  • Like other words that start with ב,‎ ג,‎ ד,‎ כ,‎ פ,‎ or ת, this term's initial letter takes a dagesh lene. In older texts, that dagesh is usually dropped when the word is preceded, in the same phrase, by a word ending in a mater lectionis; in modern texts, the dagesh is usually preserved even in such a case. Likewise, in older texts, the dagesh is always dropped when the word is prefixed by an indefinite ב־‏,‎ כ־,‎ or ל־‏, or by ו־‏; in modern speech, the dagesh is often preserved in such a case. (After the definite ב־‏,‎ כ־,‎ and ל־‏, and after the prefixes ה־‏,‎ מ־,‎ and ש־‏, there is a dagesh forte, as described in the usage notes for those prefixes.)

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