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Classical Syriac[edit]


From the root ܩ-ܠ-ܦ (q-l-p) related to peeling. Compare Arabic قِلَافَة (qilāfa(t)) and Hebrew קְלִפָּה (qəlippâ).


  • IPA(key): [q(ə)lɑftɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [q(ə)lɑfe(ʔ)], [q(ə)lɑfɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܩܠܦܬܐ (qlāp̄ā, qlāp̄tāf (plural ܩܠܦܬܐ or ܩܠܦܐ)

  1. any outer covering able to be peeled off; peel, husk, rind, chaff, pod, shell
  2. tree bark, fish scale, egg shell
  3. (pathology) scab, scale, flake of skin
  4. talc
  5. (in the plural) resin



  • qlph”, 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. 321a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 507b
  • 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. 1375a