قناة

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Arabic[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Aramaic קַנְיָא‎ / ܩܢܝܐ(qanyā, reed, cane, tube), from Akkadian 𒂵𒉡𒌑𒌝 (qanûm).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

قَنَاة (qanāhf (plural قَنَوَات(qanawāt))

  1. channel, canal
    قَنَاة اَلسُّوَيْس‎‎ ― qanāt as-suwaysThe Suez Canal
  2. TV channel
  3. spear, lance
    • Kerbala and Beyond: An Epic of Immortal Heroism p. 163 by Yasin T. al-Jibouri, quoting Bashir ibn Juthlim (61 AH/680 AD)
      يَا أَهْلَ يَثْرِبَ لَا مَقَامَ لَكُمْ بِهَا *** قُتِلَ اَلْحُسَيْنُ فَأَدْمُعِي مِدْرَارُ
      الْجِسْمُ مِنْهُ بِكَرْبَلَا مُضَرَّجُ*** وَالرَّأْسُ مِنْه عَلَى اَلْقَنَاةِ يُدَارُ
      O people of Yathrib! May you never stay therein! *** Al-Husayn is killed, so my tears now rain
      His body is in Karbala’ covered with blood *** While his head is on a spear displayed.
    Synonym: رُمْح(rumḥ)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Gulf Arabic: قناة(qanāt)
  • Moroccan Arabic: قناة(qanāt)

South Levantine Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Semi-learned borrowing from Arabic قَنَاة(qanāh).

Noun[edit]

قناة (qanā, ʔanāf (plural قناوات(qanāwāt))

  1. canal (for shipping or irrigation)
  2. river bed, channel
  3. channel (TV, radio etc.)