qalb

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Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic قَلْب(qalb). The feminine gender in Maltese is unusual since the Arabic etymon is masculine, its form is that of a masculine, and even the Romance equivalents (Sicilian cori, Italian cuore) are masculine. One might suspect influence by the semantically related ras (head) and ruħ (soul), which are feminine; but this is mere conjecture.

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Noun[edit]

qalb f (plural qlub)

  1. (also anatomy) heart

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