See also: כּלבֿ

Hebrew edit

Root
כ־ל־ב (k-l-b)
 
כלב

Etymology edit

From Proto-Semitic *kalb-. Cognate with Akkadian 𒌨𒂠 (kalbum) and Arabic كَلْب (kalb).

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

כֶּלֶב (kélevm (plural indefinite כְּלָבִים, singular construct כֶּלֶב־, plural construct כַּלְבֵי־, feminine counterpart כַּלְבָּה) [pattern: קֶטֶל]

  1. A dog, especially a male dog.
  2. (derogatory) scoundrel, bitch

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Derived terms edit

Persian edit

Noun edit

כלב (kalb)

  1. Judeo-Persian spelling of کلب (kalb).
    • 1600s, Elisha ben Shmūel, translated by Dalia Yasharpour, The Prince and the Sufi: The Judeo-Persian Rendition of the Buddha Biographies, Brill, published November 9, 2020:
      צֿנאן גשתה וֿגִודש פיש מן כֿאר
      כה פנדארם כם‭‬ אז כלבסת צד באר
      čenin gašte vojud-aš piš-e man xâr
      ke pendâram kam az kalb ast sad bâr
      His existence for me has become so base
      That I view him infinitely lower than a dog.

Yiddish edit

Noun edit

כלב (kelevm, plural כלבים (klovem)

  1. (nonstandard) Unpointed form of כּלבֿ (kelev).