اللات

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Possible etymologies:[1]

  • From the root ل ت ت (l-t-t), from which the verb لَتَّ (latta, to mix, or knead, barley-meal) is derived. This is the explanation given in Arab lexicographical tradition.
  • A feminine form of اَللّٰه (allāh) or الإلٰه (al-ʾilāh). This is supported by the form given by Heroditus, who identifies Ἀλιλᾱ́τ (Alilā́t) (which would correspond to ʾal-ʾilāt) with Aphrodite.[2]
  • Derived from أثينا (Athena), possibly Arabs added the definitive article آل (ʾāl).[3]

Compare Hismaic 𐪁𐪉 (lt).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

اَللَّات (al-lātf

  1. Allat

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fahd, T., "al-Lāt", Encyclopaedia of Islam, vol. 5: Khe-Mahi, 2nd edition, ed. by C. E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, B. Lewis and Ch. Pellat, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1986, page 892
  2. ^ J.F. Healey, The Religion of the Nabataeans: A Conspectus'
  3. ^ http://www.uco.es/investiga/grupos/hum380/collectanea/sites/default/files/Christides.pdf

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