ببغاء

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Arabic[edit]

ببغاءPsittacus erithacus

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps of onomatopoeic origin. In view of the bird’s range, borrowing from an unknown African or South Asian language is possible. Related to Classical Syriac ܒܒܓܐ(/bbgʾ/), ܦܵܦܵܐ(ppʾ /pāp̄ā/), Old Armenian պապկայ (papkay), Persian ببغا(babğâ), بپغا(bapğâ, parrot).

Noun[edit]

بَبَّغَاء or بَبْغَاء or بَبَغَاء (babbaḡāʾ or babḡāʾ or babaḡāʾm or f (dual بَبَّغَاوَانِ(babbaḡāwāni) or بَبْغَاوَانِ(babḡāwāni) or بَبَغَاوَانِ(babaḡāwāni), plural بَبَّغَاوَات(babbaḡāwāt) or بَبْغَاوَات(babḡāwāt) or بَبَغَاوَات(babaḡāwāt))

  1. parrot
  2. (figuratively) one who repeats what was said
    لَا تَكُنْ مِثْلَ الْبَبَّغَاءِ
    lā takun miṯla l-babbaḡāʾi
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)

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References[edit]

  • Ciancaglini, Claudia A. (2008) Iranian loanwords in Syriac (Beiträge zur Iranistik; 28), Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, page 120
  • Freytag, Georg (1830), “ببغاء”, in Lexicon arabico-latinum praesertim ex Djeuharii Firuzabadiique et aliorum Arabum operibus adhibitis Golii quoque et aliorum libris confectum (in Latin), volume 1, Halle: C. A. Schwetschke, page 81
  • Lane, Edward William (1863), “ببغاء”, in Arabic-English Lexicon, London: Williams & Norgate, page 147
  • Steingass, Francis Joseph (1884), “ببغاء”, in The Student's Arabic–English Dictionary[1], London: W.H. Allen, page 104
  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “ببغاء”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, →ISBN, page 51