أخ

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See also: اخ, آخ, آچ, and آج

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *ʾaḫ-, from the root ء خ و (ʾ-ḵ-w).

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Noun[edit]

أَخ (ʾaḵm (construct state أَخُو (ʾaḵū), dual أَخَوَان (ʾaḵawān) or أَخَان (ʾaḵān), plural إِخْوَة (ʾiḵwa) or إِخْوَان (ʾiḵwān) or آخَاء (ʾāḵāʾ) or أَخْوَة (ʾaḵwa) or أَخْوَان (ʾaḵwān) or أُخُوّ (ʾuḵuww) or أُخُوَّة (ʾuḵuwwa) or أَخُون (ʾaḵūn), feminine أُخْت (ʾuḵt))

  1. brother

Usage notes[edit]

  • أخ is used literally as well as figuratively. The plural إخْوَة (ʾiḵwa) is more common in the literal sense (“brothers”), while إخْوان (ʾiḵwān) is more common in the figurative sense (“brethren”). Moreover, أخ includes both full brothers and half brothers. The synonym شَقِيق (šaqīq) is used only literally and refers to full brothers exclusively.

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References[edit]

  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “ءخو”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, ISBN 0-87950-003-4