تابوت

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تَاوْبُوت(tāwbūt) (extinct Quraysh dialect), from تَوَبُوت(tawabūt) or تَاوْبُوَّة(tāwbuwwa).

From Classical Syriac ܬܝܒܘܬܐ(tēḇūṯā) or Ge'ez ታቦት (tabot). Cognate with Hebrew תיבה(tevá).

Ultimately from a merger of Egyptian
DbAbt
pr
(ḏbꜣt, sarcophagus, coffin) and
dbt
xt
(dbt, chest, box); compare Demotic tbyt (sarcophagus, shrine, chest), dbt, and tbt (chest) and Coptic ⲧⲁⲓⲃⲉ (taibe, chest, coffin).

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تَابُوت (tābūtm (plural تَوَابِيت(tawābīt))

  1. box, case, chest, coffer, ark
    • Qur'an 20:39 (Sahih International):
      أَنِ اقْذِفِيهِ فِي التَّابُوتِ فَاقْذِفِيهِ فِي الْيَمِّ فَلْيُلْقِهِ الْيَمُّ بِالسَّاحِلِ
      áni iqḏifīhi fil-tābūti fa-qḏifīhi fī l-yámmi fal-yulqihi l-yámmu bil-sāḥili
      Cast him into the chest and cast it into the river, and the river will throw it onto the bank.
  2. coffin, casket, sarcophagus
    مَاذَا وَرَاء حِكَايَة اِكْتِشَاف تَابُوت اَلْمَسِيح فِي الْقُدْس؟‎‎
    māḏā warāʾ ḥikāyat iktišāf tābūt al-masīḥ fī l-quds?
    What's behind the story of the discovery of the coffin of Christ in Jerusalem?

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