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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Semitic *śapat- (lip). Compare also Akkadian 𒅻 (šaptu), Classical Syriac ܣܶܦ݂ܬ݁ܳܐ(sep̄ṯā), Ugaritic 𐎌𐎔𐎚 (špt) and Arabic شَفَة(šafa).

NounEdit

שָׂפָה (safáf (dual indefinite שפתיים \ שְׂפָתַיִם‎, plural indefinite שָׂפוֹת‎, singular construct שְׂפַת־‎)

  1. Language: a system of communication.
  2. (uncountable) Language, speech: choice of words, manner of speech.
  3. Lip: protrusion near the mouth.
  4. Lip: the rim of a container.

Usage notesEdit

  • The plural form שָׂפוֹת is used for languages (whether two or more than two languages). The dual form שְׂפָתַיִם is used for (two or more) lips (the body part).

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