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Egyptian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Afroasiatic *maʔ-; compare Proto-Semitic *māy-. A frozen plural, with an original root *m or *mj, the latter of which is supported by the phonetic use of the hieroglyph to write nmjw (dwarf).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

mw

 m

  1. water
    • c. 1900 BCE, The Instructions of Kagemni (pPrisse/pBN 183) lines 1.5–1.6:
      iwik
      n
      W10
      n
      mwa
      x
      mQ7mwfibtE8
      iwmH
      t
      Y1rZ1mH6AwwHnZ2sssmn
      n
      Y1
      f
      ibZ1
      jw jkn n(j) mw ꜥḫm.f jbt jw mḥ{t}⟨w⟩ r(ꜣ) m šww smn.f jb
      For a cup of water quenches thirst, for a mouthful of šww-herbs makes the heart firm.
  2. rain
  3. sea, lake
  4. semen
    • c. 1550 BCE – 1295 BCE, Great Hymn to Osiris (Stela of Amenmose, Louvre C 286) lines 16–17:
      sT
      z
      t
      U39M22M22nwwA7
      Z2
      n
      wr
      r
      d
      A7
      ib Z1
      x
      n
      p
      t fnD
      N35B
      f
      ir
      t
      E9
      a
      w F44

      Sd
      d
      t D27
      n
      x
      n
      Xrdmwa
      a
      a
      wD35
      r
      x
      Y1
      bw
      f
      imbst
      K5
      D54
      swwa Z1
      f
      n&xtwmXnnw
      pr
      O307
      gbb
      sṯzt nnw n(j) wrd(w)-jb ḫnpt mw.f jrt jwꜥw šdt nḫn m wꜥꜥw nj rḫ bw.f jm bst sw ꜥ.f nḫtw m ẖnw wsḫt gbb
      who raised the limpness of the weary-hearted, who took in his water (semen), who made an heir, who suckled the child in solitude where his location was unknown, who introduced him when his arm grew strong into the hall of Geb.

Inflection[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

  • mwWii
    (mwj, to be watery)

Descendants[edit]

  • Demotic: mw

References[edit]

  • Faulkner, Raymond (1962) A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian, Oxford: Griffith Institute, →ISBN
  • Takács, Gábor (1999–2007) Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, →ISBN
  1. ^ Loprieno, Antonio (1995) Ancient Egyptian: A Linguistic Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 12, 44

Indonesian[edit]

Verb[edit]

mw

  1. (text messaging) Abbreviation of mau.