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Classical Syriac[edit]


From the root ܟ-ܬ-ܒ (k-t-b) related to writing. Compare Arabic كِتَابَة (kitāba(t)) and Hebrew כַּתָּבָה (kattāḇâ).


  • IPA(key): [k(ə)θɑvtɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [k(ə)θɑvɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܟܬܒܬܐ (transliteration neededf (plural ܟܬܒܬܐ)

  1. handwriting
  2. autograph, signature
  3. (in the plural) writings



  • ktbh”, 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. 165a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 230b
  • 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. 661a