An extended form of ـات(-ât), from Arabic ـَات(-āt). The /dʒ/ probably goes back to the Middle Persian /ɡ/ that also resurfaces with the plural suffix ـان(-ân), as in پرنده(parande)پرندگان (parandegân). Before the Arabic suffix, this /ɡ/ was Arabised to /dʒ/ by analogy with Persian loanwords in Arabic; compare بَرْنامَج(barnāmaj) vis-à-vis Persian برنامه(barnâme) etc.



جات (-jât)

  1. Forms the plural of some nouns, mostly ending in ـه(-e), less often in other vowels. Such plurals often have a collective sense, e.g. referring to products or plants.