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Classical Syriac[edit]


Compare Arabic حَم (ḥam) and Hebrew חָם (ḥām).



ܚܡܐ (ḥəmāʾm (plural ܚܡܗܐ, singular feminine counterpart ܚܡܬܐ)

  1. father-in-law
  2. (in the plural) relatives, family

Usage notes[edit]

The word ܚܡܐ is one of only three nouns in the entire language that have an irregular possessive stem ending in the letter Waw; the other two being ܐܒܐ (ʾăḇāʾ, father) and ܐܚܐ (ʾăḥāʾ, brother).



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