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Classical Syriac[edit]


Compare Arabic بِ- ‎(bi-) and Hebrew בְּ־ ‎(bə-).


  • IPA(key): [b(ə)-] (followed by a consonant and vowel)
  • IPA(key): [ba-] (followed by a two-consonant cluster)


ܒ- ‎(transliteration needed)

  1. various senses: in, on, upon, at, among, to, into, by, according to, for, because, about, as, against, during
  2. (instrumentally) with
  3. (with an adjective, forming a superlative) -est, most
  4. (with a substantive, forming an adverb) -ly


Takes type-I suffixes.

See also[edit]


  • Louis Costaz, Syriac-English Dictionary, 1963, p. 23a
  • Jessie Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of Robert Payne Smith, 1903, pp. 33b-34a
  • Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, 2009, p. 114a