ܐܦܥܐ

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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the older form *ܐܒܥܐ (ʾaḇʿāʾ), from *ܥܒܥܐ (ʿaḇʿāʾ), from Proto-Semitic *ḍbʿ. Compare Arabic ضَبْع (ḍabʿ) and Hebrew צָבוֹעַ (ṣāḇôaʿ).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ʔafʕɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [ʔafʕe(ʔ)] (plural)

Noun[edit]

ܐܦܥܐ (transliteration needed) f (plural ܐܦܥܐ)

  1. hyena

Inflection[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

While the word is normally considered feminine, it may occasionally be masculine when specifically referring to a male.

References[edit]

  • ")p(" in the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon.
  • Louis Costaz, Syriac-English Dictionary, 1963, p. 18a
  • Jessie Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of Robert Payne Smith, 1903, p. 26b
  • Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, 2009, p. 88b