לילית

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Akkadian lilītu, a kind of demon, in Semitic wrongly associated with לַיְלָה(láylā, night), hence transferred to a nocturnal demon and nocturnal bird.

Proper noun[edit]

לִילִית (lilítf

  1. Lilith: a female demon in Jewish tradition.

Noun[edit]

לִילִית (lilítm (plural indefinite לִילִיוor לׅילֵי‎) (Biblical Hebrew, Mishnaic Hebrew)

  1. night-demon, vampire

Noun[edit]

לִילִית (lilítf (plural indefinite לִילִיּוֹת‎) (Medieval Hebrew, Neo-Hebrew)

  1. An owl: any member of the genus Strix of nocturnal birds of prey.
  2. (specifically) A tawny owl or brown owl: species Strix aluco.

References[edit]

  • Jastrow, Marcus (1903) A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature, London, New York: Luzac & Co., G.P. Putnam's Sons, page 707b
  • Kaufman, Stephen A. (1974) The Akkadian Influences on Aramaic (The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago Assyriological Studies; 19)‎[1], Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, →ISBN, page 66
  • Zimmern, Heinrich (1915) Akkadische Fremdwörter als Beweis für babylonischen Kultureinfluss (in German), Leipzig: A. Edelmann, page 69