ܫܡܫܐ

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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *śamš-. The sense of "lizard" is a calque of Ancient Greek σαύρα ἡλιακή (saúra hēliakḗ).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ʃɛmʃɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [ʃɛmʃe(ʔ)] (plural)

Noun[edit]

ܫܡܫܐ (transliteration neededc (plural ܫܡܫܐ)

  1. (astronomy) sun, star
  2. (alchemy) gold
  3. kind of lizard
Inflection[edit]
Usage notes[edit]

This word is usually masculine.

Proper noun[edit]

ܫܡܫܐ (transliteration neededc

  1. Sun

Etymology 2[edit]

From the root ܫ-ܡ-ܫ (IPA(key): /ʃ-m-ʃ/) related to serving. Compare Arabic شَمَّاس (šammās) and Hebrew שַׁמָּשׁ (šammāš).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ʃammɑʃɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [ʃammɑʃe(ʔ)] (plural)

Noun[edit]

ܫܡܫܐ (transliteration neededm (plural ܫܡܫܐ, singular feminine counterpart ܫܡܫܬܐ)

  1. servant, attendant
  2. (Christianity) minister, deacon, (rare) priest
Inflection[edit]
See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • "$m$" in the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon.
  • Louis Costaz, Syriac-English Dictionary, 1963, p. 373b
  • Jessie Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of Robert Payne Smith, 1903, p. 586a
  • Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, 2009, pp. 1576b-1577a