Uncertain. Possible etymologies:
- 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 اللّٰه (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.
اَللَّات • (al-lāt) f
- English: Allat