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Classical Syriac[edit]


From the root ܩ-ܫ-ܫ (q-š-š) related to growing old. Compare Arabic قِسِّيْسَة (qissaysa(t)) and Hebrew קְשִׁישָׁה (qəšîšâ).


  • IPA(key): [qaʃʃiʃtɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [qaʃʃiʃɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܩܫܝܫܬܐ (transliteration neededf (plural ܩܫܝܫܬܐ, singular masculine counterpart ܩܫܝܫܐ)

  1. ancient, ancestor, foremother
  2. elder, grandmother
  3. (Christianity) priestess, pastoress, presbyteress
  4. chief or presider of a banquet; host



  • q$y$h”, 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. 332b
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 522b
  • 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. 1419b