ابو قردان

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Egyptian Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Arabic أَبُو(ʾabū, father/possessor of) + قِرْدَان(qirdān, ticks), thus literally meaning "father or possessor of ticks". Derived from the huge number of parasites such as avian ticks found in its breeding colonies.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [æbʊˈʔeɾdæːn]

Noun[edit]

أَبُو قِرْدَان (ʾabu ʾirdānm (no plural)

  1. cattle egret
  2. ibis

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Spiro, Socrates (1895). An Arabic-English vocabulary of the colloquial Arabic of Egypt, containing the vernacular idioms and expressions, slang phrases, etc., etc., used by the native Egyptians Cairo: Al-Mokattam Printing Office.
  • Hinds, Martin; Badawi, El-Said (1986). A Dictionary of Egyptian Arabic Beirut: Librairie du Liban.
  • Lane, Edward William (1863). An Arabic - English Lexicon derived from the best and the most copious eastern sources London: Williams and Northgate.