חמאה

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Root
ח־מ־א(ḥ-m-ʾ)

Ultimately from Akkadian 𒉌𒉣𒈾 (ḫimētu). Compare Classical Syriacܚܹܐܘܬܵܐ(ḥeˀwṯā). (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

חֶמְאָה (ḥem'áf (plural indefiniteחֲמָאוֹת⁩, singular constructחֶמְאַת־⁩, plural constructחֶמְאוֹת־⁩) [pattern: ⁧קִטְלָה⁩]

  1. butter
    • Tanach, Judges 5:25, with translation of the King James Version:
      מַיִם שָׁאַל חָלָב נָתָנָה; בְּסֵפֶל אַדִּירִים הִקְרִיבָה חֶמְאָה.
      maím shaál ḥaláv natána; əséfel addirím hiqríva ḥemʾá.
      He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

Usage notes[edit]

The plural remains almost unused.

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