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Classical Syriac[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Semitic *ðiʾb- (wolf).


  • IPA(key): [de(ʔ)vɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [de(ʔ)ve(ʔ)] (plural)


ܕܐܒܐ (de’vā’m (plural ܕܐܒܐ, singular feminine counterpart ܕܐܒܬܐ)

  1. wolf, he-wolf

Usage notes[edit]

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



  • d)b”, 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. 57a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 81a
  • 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. 268a