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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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  • IPA(key): [mɑrtɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [mɑrɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܡܪܬܐ ‎(transliteration neededf ‎(plural ܡܪܬܐ, singular masculine counterpart ܡܪܐ)

  1. lady, mistress, ruler
  2. princess, governess, abbess
  3. patrician, noble
  4. owner
  5. employer
  6. rewarder
  7. author
  8. (in the plural) neighbors/neighbours
  9. best

Proper noun[edit]

ܡܪܬܐ ‎(transliteration neededf

  1. Martha (Biblical figure)
  2. A female given name

Etymology 2[edit]

From the root ܡ-ܪ-ܪ ‎(m-r-r) related to bitterness. Compare Arabic مِرَّة ‎(mirra(t)) and Hebrew מָרָה ‎(mārâ).

Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): [mɛrr(ə)θɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [mɛrrɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܡܪܬܐ ‎(transliteration neededf ‎(plural ܡܪܬܐ)

  1. bitterness
  2. (biochemistry) gall, bile, humor/humour
  3. poison, venom
Derived terms[edit]


  • mrh”, 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, pp. 190b, 191a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 303b-304a
  • 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, pp. 839b-840a