qawsalla

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Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Univerbation of qaws Alla, from Arabic قَوْس الله(qaws allāh, bow of God), pious alteration of قَوْس قُزَح(qaws quzaḥ), which was named after a pre-Islamic deity, but continues to be the predominant form in Arabic. The plural is formed with a Romance ending. Originally it must have been *qwas Alla; compare qwas, plural of qaws.

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Noun[edit]

qawsalla f (plural qawsalli)

  1. rainbow

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