أفعى

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ف ع ي(f-ʿ-y) or ف ع و(f-ʿ-w); related to ف غ ي(f-ḡ-y) meaning a bad thing.[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʔaf.ʕan/
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Noun[edit]

أَفْعًى (ʾafʿanm (construct state أَفْعَى (ʾafʿā), dual أَفْعَيَانِ(ʾafʿayāni), plural أَفَاعٍ(ʾafāʿin), plural construct state أَفَاعِي(ʾafāʿī), masculine أُفْعُوَان(ʾufʿuwān))

  1. viper, serpent

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • ^ Lane's Dictionary page 2421 "فعى" meaning to be angry, foaming with anger, ferocity, intensity likened to a viper's behavior or bite.
  • ^ Lane's Dictionary page 2422 "فغى" meaning to suddenly appear, to rise up like anger, to open like a flower, spread like a bad odour, consequently any negative thing; other roots in Arabic for snake have similar etymologies of an unfortunate encounter.