From Arabic حُوت (ḥūt), which was reinterpreted as collective and provided with the singulative -a.
ħut m (collective, singulative ħuta, paucal ħutiet)
- fish (several fish; fish as a mass)
- (Exodus 7:18, King James Version)
U jmut il-ħut li hemm fin-Nil, u tinten in-Nil u l-Eġizzjani jiddardru jixorbu minnha.
- And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.