פרסא

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Aramaic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to פְּרַס(pəras, to divide).

Noun[edit]

פַּרְסָא (parsām (absolute פְּרֵס(pərēs))

  1. a half-unit, such as a half-shekel or half-mina
    • Daniel 5:25, with translation of the Jewish Publication Society:
      וּדְנָה כְתָבָא דִּי רְשִׁים מְנֵא מְנֵא תְּקֵל וּפַרְסִין׃‎‎
      ūḏənā ḵəṯāḇā dī rəšīm mənē mənē təqēl ūp̄arsīn.
      And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN [a mina, a mina, a shekel, and half-shekels].
    • Daniel 5:28, with translation of the Jewish Publication Society:
      פְּרֵס פְּרִיסַת מַלְכוּתָךְ וִיהִיבַת לְמָדַי וּפָרָס׃‎‎
      pərēs pərīsaṯ malḵūṯāḵ wīhīḇaṯ ləmāḏay ūp̄ārās.
      PERES [half-shekel], thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.