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Classical Syriac[edit]


From the older form *ܐܒܥܐ (ʾaḇʿāʾ), from *ܥܒܥܐ (ʿaḇʿāʾ), from Proto-Semitic *ḍbʿ. Compare Arabic ضَبْع (ḍabʿ) and Hebrew צָבוֹעַ (ṣāḇôaʿ).


  • IPA(key): [ʔafʕɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [ʔafʕe(ʔ)] (plural)


ܐܦܥܐ (transliteration neededf (plural ܐܦܥܐ)

  1. hyena


Usage notes[edit]

While the word is normally considered feminine, it may occasionally be masculine when specifically referring to a male.


  • )p(”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 18a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 26b
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 88b