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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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  • IPA(key): [mɑrtɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [mɑrɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܡܪܬܐ (transliteration neededf (plural ܡܪܬܐ, singular masculine counterpart ܡܪܐ)

  1. lady, mistress, ruler
  2. princess, governess, abbess
  3. patrician, noble
  4. owner
  5. employer
  6. rewarder
  7. author
  8. (in the plural) neighbors/neighbours
  9. best

Proper noun[edit]

ܡܪܬܐ (transliteration neededf

  1. Martha (Biblical figure)
  2. A female given name

Etymology 2[edit]

From the root ܡ-ܪ-ܪ (IPA(key): /m-r-r/) related to bitterness. Compare Arabic مِرَّة (mirra(t)) and Hebrew מָרָה (mārâ).

Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): [mɛrr(ə)θɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [mɛrrɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܡܪܬܐ (transliteration neededf (plural ܡܪܬܐ)

  1. bitterness
  2. (biochemistry) gall, bile, humor/humour
  3. poison, venom
Derived terms[edit]


  • "mrh" in the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon.
  • Louis Costaz, Syriac-English Dictionary, 1963, pp. 190b, 191a
  • Jessie Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of Robert Payne Smith, 1903, pp. 303b-304a
  • Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, 2009, pp. 839b-840a