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Classical Syriac[edit]


From the root ܒ-ܨ-ܐ (b-ṣ-ʾ) related to searching.


  • IPA(key): [bɑsˁojɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [bɑsˁoje(ʔ)] (plural)


ܒܨܘܝܐ (transliteration neededm (plural ܒܨܘܝܐ, singular feminine counterpart ܒܨܘܝܬܐ)

  1. inquirer, scrutineer, searcher, explorer
  2. guardian of orphans


Usage notes[edit]

The sense of "inquirer" is often used negatively as someone who is too curious for their own good (e.g. heretics).


  • bcwy”, 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. 35a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 51b
  • 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. 174a