כנף

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *kanap-. Compare Arabic كَنَف(kanaf, wing, side, bosom)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

כָּנָף (kanáff (dual indefinite כנפיים \ כְּנָפַיִם‎, plural indefinite כְּנָפוֹת‎, singular construct כְּנַף־, dual construct כַּנְפֵי־‎, plural construct כַּנְפוֹת־‎)

  1. A wing
    • Zechariah 5:9
      וָאֶשָּׂא עֵינַי וָאֵרֶא וְהִנֵּה שְׁתַּיִם נָשִׁים יוֹצְאוֹת וְרוּחַ בְּכַנְפֵיהֶם וְלָהֵנָּה כְנָפַיִם כְּכַנְפֵי הַחֲסִידָה ותשנה אֶת הָאֵיפָה בֵּין הָאָרֶץ וּבֵין הַשָּׁמָיִם׃‎‎
      va'esa' 'einai va'ere' v'hine sh'tayim nashim yots'ot v'ruakh b'khanfeihem v'lahena kh'nafayim k'khanfei hakhasida vatishena et ha'eyfa ben ha'arets uven hashamayim.
      And I lifted my eyes and I saw, and behold, two women emerging and there was wind in their wings and they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they carried the ephah between the land and the sky.
    • אפרת גוש, לראות את האור
      ולרגע יכולתי לברוח כנוצה על כְּנָפָהּ‏ של ציפור

Usage notes[edit]

  • As with many other nouns, the plural form is rarely used in modern Hebrew even when referring to more than two wings.

Declension[edit]