broken plural

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Etymology[edit]

Calque of Arabic جَمْع مُكَسَّر (jamʿ mukassar, broken plural).

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broken plural (plural broken plurals)

  1. (grammar, linguistics) Irregular plural formed by changing the pattern of consonants and vowels inside the singular form, found in the Semitic languages and other Afroasiatic languages such as Berber. An example in Arabic is مَكَاتِب (makātib, desks), the plural form of مَكْتَب (maktab, desk).

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