عبعب

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the root ع ب ع ب(ʿ-b-ʿ-b) related to abundance and thickness, to be profuse or swelling, to pour forth, to gush, to gulp or guzzle, to pour uninterruptedly, to flow on swiftly, to continue moving away; likely ultimately onomatopoeic in origin from the murmuring or bubbling sound of gushing water.

Verb[edit]

عَبْعَبَ (ʿabʿaba) Iq, non-past يُعَبْعِبُ‎‎ (yuʿabʿibu)

  1. to flee
Conjugation[edit]

Noun[edit]

عَبْعَب (ʿabʿabm (plural عَبَاعِب(ʿabāʿib))

  1. ample vestment, supple tegument
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

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Likely a semantic loan from Classical Syriac ܥ̈ܒܐ(ʾāḇā, forest, thickets), a specification from the same root as above, thick growth or high density of plants; however the whole root may also be short of a basic meaning of gulping borrowed from Aramaic, as its cognate reflex of ض ب ب(ḍ-b-b) related to sticking, density, tumorosity. Native Arabic غَبَب(ḡabab) and غَبْغَب(ḡabḡab) are also duplicated like عُبَب(ʿubab) and عُبْعُب(ʿubʿub).

Noun[edit]

عُبْعُب (ʿubʿubm

  1. Withania gen. et spp.
Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • Freytag, Georg (1835), “عبعب”, in Lexicon arabico-latinum praesertim ex Djeuharii Firuzabadiique et aliorum Arabum operibus adhibitis Golii quoque et aliorum libris confectum (in Latin), volume 3, Halle: C. A. Schwetschke, page 100