בלשן

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Most likely from Akkadian [script needed] ‎(bēlšunu, literally their lord/master/owner), from 𒂗 ‎(bēlu, lord, master, owner), cognate to בַּעַל ‎(bá'al, master, owner).

Proper noun[edit]

בִּלְשָׁן ‎(bilshán)

  1. Bilshan

Etymology 2[edit]

From a Midrashic interpretation of מָרְדֳּכַי בִּלְשָׁן ‎(mordokhái bilshán, Mordecai [and] Bilshan), from Ezra 2:2 and Nehemiah 7:7, as referring to one person, with בִּלְשָׁן ‎(bilshán) meaning “one who knows many language” and coming from לָשׁוֹן ‎(lashón, language) with the root ל־שׁ־ן, because Mordecai is said to have known seventy languages. The first vowel was changed to match the noun pattern forming names of professions.

Noun[edit]

בַּלְשָׁן ‎(balshánm ‎(feminine counterpart בַּלְשָׁנִית)

  1. linguist