aħwa

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Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic إِخْوَة(ʾiḵwa, brothers). The use also for “sisters” from generic use of the masculine, perhaps reinforced formally by the construct form ħut, which would have been close to *ħwiet, the expected outcome of Arabic أَخَوات(ʾaḵawāt).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

aħwa (construct form ħut)

  1. siblings
    1. plural of ħu (brother)
    2. plural of oħt (sister)
  2. (ecclesiastical) brethren

Usage notes[edit]

  • In order to specify sex in the plural, the appositions subien (boys) and bniet (girls) are used; see these.