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Classical Syriac[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


Compare Arabic بَيْضَة (bayḍa), Hebrew בֵּיצָה (bêṣâ).


  • IPA(key): [be̝ʕ(ə)θɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [be̝ʕe(ʔ)], [be̝ʕɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܒܝܥܬܐ (bêʿṯāʾf (plural ܒܝܥܬܐ or ܒܝܥܐ)

  1. egg
  2. (anatomy) skull, crown
  3. (in the plural, anatomy) testicles
  4. (architecture) arch

Usage notes[edit]

Usually, the plural ܒܝܥܐ (bêʿēʾ) is used for the literal sense of "eggs" while ܒܝܥܬܐ (bêʿāṯāʾ) is used for other senses.

See also[edit]


  • by(h”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–, retrieved 2011-08-26
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 29a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 42b-43a
  • 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. 143a