נחמד

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the root ח־מ־ד (ḥ-m-d).

Adjective[edit]

נֶחְמָד (nekhmádm sg indef. (f sg indef. נֶחְמָדָה, m pl indef. נֶחְמָדִים, f pl indef. נֶחְמָדוֹת)

  1. (of a thing) Nice, pleasant, lovely.
    • Genesis 2:9:
      [] כָּל־עֵץ נֶחְמָד לְמַרְאֶה וְטוֹב לְמַאֲכָל []
      [] kol-éts nekhmád l'mar'é v'tóv l'ma'akhál []
      [] every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food [] [1]
    • Proverbs 21:20:
      אוֹצָר נֶחְמָד וָשֶׁמֶן בִּנְוֵה חָכָם וּכְסִיל אָדָם יְבַלְּעֶנּוּ׃
      otsár nekhmád vashémen bin'véi khakhám vayóred oz mivtekhá.
      There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.[1]
    • 1891, Hayim Nahman Bialik, “אל הציפור” (“To the Bird”; poem):
      שָׁלוֹם רָב שׁוּבֵךְ, צִפּוֹרָה נֶחְמֶדֶת, \ []
      shalóm rav shuvékh, tsipóra nekhmédet, / []
      Welcome back [] you lovely bird, / [] [2]
  2. (of a person or action) Nice, kind, friendly, pleasant.

Usage notes[edit]

Verb[edit]

נֶחֱמַד (nekhemád) (nif'ál construction)

  1. To be wanted by others, or to be such that others would envy.
    • Psalms 19:10:
      הַנֶּחֱמָדִים מִזָּהָב וּמִפַּז רָב וּמְתוּקִים מִדְּבַשׁ וְנֹפֶת צוּפִים׃
      hanekhemadím mizaháv umipáz rav um'tukím mid'vásh v'nófet tsufím.
      More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Authorized King James translation (1611).
  2. ^ Rachel Genussov and Eliyahu Ziffer, “To the Bird”.