سيف

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Greek ξίφος (xífos); either a loan, or from a common original source. The same word is probably preserved in Egyptian sf.t. Dümichen (1867) suggested an Old Semitic saif or sef, Myres (1930) a possible Libyan or "Sea Peoples" word.

Pronunciation 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

سَيْف (sayfm, plurals سيوف‎ (suyūf), اسياف‎ (’asyāf) or اسيف‎ (’ásyuf)

  1. sword, sabre, foil, rapier, scimitar
  2. swordfish

Descendants[edit]

Pronunciation 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

سِيف (sīfm, plural اسياف‎ (’asyāf)

  1. coast
  2. riverbank
  3. shore

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johannes Dümichen, Historische Inschriften altägyptischer Denkmäler vol. 1, Leipzig (1867), 26-27.
  • John Linton Myres, Who were the Greeks?, University of California Press, 1930, p. 590