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HebrewEdit

EtymologyEdit

Possibly from the base אנה or from Proto-Semitic *yawn-at- ~ wānay- (dove)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

יוֹנָה (yonáf (plural indefinite יוֹנִים‎, singular construct יוֹנַת־‎, plural construct יוֹנֵי־‎)

  1. dove, pigeon
    • אביתר בנאי, אבא
      יונתי בחגווי הסלע
      השמיעיני את קולך
  2. dove (pacifist)

Usage notesEdit

  • Unlike English, which makes a distinction between doves and pigeons who constitute the same bird family – Columbidae, generally attributing positive attributes to the former and negative to the latter, Hebrew does not.

DeclensionEdit

Proper nounEdit

יוֹנָה (yonám or f

  1. A male or female given name, Yona or Yonah, equivalent to English Jonah.

AnagramsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Kogan, Leonid (2011), “Proto-Semitic Lexicon”, in Weninger, Stefan, editor, The Semitic Languages. An International Handbook (Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft – Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science; 36), Berlin: De Gruyter, →ISBN, page 210