לילה

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Likely a remnant of the accusative case (used adverbially to mean “at night”) of לַיִל (láyil), from Proto-Semitic *layl-. Cognate with Arabic لَيْل (layl), لَيْلَة (layla), Aramaic לֵילְיָא (lēləyā), Classical Syriac ܠܹܠܝܵܐ (lēlyā).

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לַיְלָה (láylam (plural indefinite לֵילוֹת, singular construct לֵיל־, Biblical Hebrew pausal form לָיְלָה)

  1. night: period from nightfall to daybreak
  2. (figuratively) adversity

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