ܫܡܫܐ

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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *śamš-. The sense of "lizard" is a calque of Ancient Greek σαύρᾱ ἡλιακή (saúrā hēliakḗ).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical Edessan) IPA(key): [ˈʃɛm.ʃɑ]
  • (Eastern Syriac) IPA(key): [ˈʃɪm.ʃɑ]
  • (Western Syriac) IPA(key): [ˈʃɛm.ʃo]

Noun[edit]

ܫܡܫܐ (šemšāc (plural ܫܡܫܐ)

  1. (astronomy) sun, star
  2. (alchemy) gold
  3. kind of lizard
Usage notes[edit]

This word is usually masculine.

Inflection[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

ܫܡܫܐ (šemšāc

  1. Sun

Etymology 2[edit]

From the root ܫ-ܡ-ܫ(š-m-š), related to serving; compare Arabic شَمَّاس(šammās), Hebrew שַׁמָּשׁ(šammāš).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical Edessan) IPA(key): [ʃamˈmɑ.ʃɑ]
  • (Eastern Syriac) IPA(key): [ʃamˈmɑ.ʃɑ]
  • (Western Syriac) IPA(key): [ʃɑˈmo.ʃo]

Noun[edit]

ܫܡܫܐ (šammāšām (plural ܫܡܫܐ, singular feminine counterpart ܫܡܫܬܐ‎)

  1. servant, attendant
  2. (Christianity) minister, deacon, (rare) priest
Inflection[edit]
See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • šmš”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–, retrieved 2012-07-24
  • šmš2”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–, retrieved 2012-07-24
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français ∙ Syriac–English Dictionary ∙ قاموس سرياني-عربي, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, page 373b
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 586a
  • 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, pages 1576b-1577a

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