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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. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  • Louis Costaz, Syriac-English Dictionary, 1963, p. 29a
  • Jessie Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of Robert Payne Smith, 1903, pp. 42b-43a
  • Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, 2009, p. 143a