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Classical Syriac[edit]


From Sumerian [script needed] (zizān, wheat), possibly via Ancient Greek ζιζάνιον (zizánion, weed).


  • IPA(key): [zizɑnɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [zizɑne(ʔ)] (plural)


ܙܝܙܢܐ (transliteration neededm (plural ܙܝܙܢܐ)

  1. (botany) weed, tare, darnel
  2. (figuratively) wicked man

Usage notes[edit]

This word is usually found in the plural.


Derived terms[edit]


  • zyzn”, 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. 87b
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 115a
  • 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. 378a