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Etymology 1Edit


From the root ק־נ־ה(k-n-h, Forming words relating to buying, obtaining, and capturing.)



קָנָה (kaná) (pa'al construction, infinitive לִקְנוֹת‎, passive counterpart נִקְנָה‎)

  1. to buy, to purchase
    קניתי אתמול פיצה‎ ― kanití 'etmól pítsaYesterday I bought pizza.
    • Genesis 39:1, with translation of the English Standard Version:
      וַיִּקְנֵהוּ פּוֹטִיפַר סְרִיס פַּרְעֹה שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים, אִישׁ מִצְרִי, מִיַּד הַיִּשְׁמְעֵאלִים, אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִדֻהוּ שָׁמָּה
      Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.
  2. to get, to obtain, to acquire
  3. to possess, to captivate
    • Genesis 14:19, with translation of the King James Version:
      וַֽיְבָרְכֵ֖הוּ וַיֹּאמַ֑ר בָּר֤וּךְ אַבְרָם֙ לְאֵ֣ל עֶלְיֹ֔ון קֹנֵ֖ה שָׁמַ֥יִם וָאָֽרֶץ׃‎‎
      And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
  4. (colloquial) to accept as true, to believe
    אני לא קונה את הסיפור.‎‎ ― aní lo koné et haSipúrI don't believe in the story.


Etymology 2Edit

Akin to Ancient Greek κάννα (kánna) (from Akkadian 𒄀 (qanû, reed), see further etymology there) with similar meaning. Compare with English cane, canon, cannon, canal, and channel.


קָנֶה (kanéf (plural indefinite קָנִים‎, singular construct קְנֵה־, plural construct קְנֵי־‎)

  1. a cane: a long hollow stick
  2. (weaponry) a barrel: the metallic tube of a gun
  3. a trachea, a windpipe
  4. a reed
  5. (botany) a stem, a cane, a stalk
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