ܡܥܝܢܐ

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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from ܥܝܢܐ (ʿaynā(ʾ), eye; spring). Compare Arabic مَعِين (maʿīn) and Hebrew מַעְיָן (maʿyān). The sense of "rhombus" is a calque of Arabic مُعَيَّن (muʿayyan).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [m(ə)ʕinɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [m(ə)ʕine(ʔ)], [m(ə)ʕinɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)

Noun[edit]

ܡܥܝܢܐ f (plural ܡܥܝܢܬܐ ,ܡܥܝܢܐ)

  1. fountain, spring, well
  2. source
  3. (geometry) rhombus

Inflection[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

While the word is normally considered feminine, it may rarely occur as masculine.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • "m(yn" in the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon.
  • Louis Costaz, Syriac-English Dictionary, 1963, p. 251b
  • Jessie Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of Robert Payne Smith, 1903, p. 288b
  • Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, 2009, p. 800b