شمال

ArabicEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Diachronically from Proto-Semitic *šimāl-, synchronically from ش م ل(š-m-l). Cognate with Hebrew שְׂמֹאל(səmōl, left), Akkadian 𒆏 (GÚB, šumēlu, left side), Aramaic סְמָלָא(səmālā) / ܣܡܠܐ(semmālā, left side), Coptic ϣⲙⲟⲩⲗ (šmoul), Ugaritic 𐎌𐎎𐎀𐎍 (šmảl). The north sense derives from the left-hand side facing the sunrise, also attested in Sabaean 𐩠𐩦𐩱𐩣𐩡(hs²ʾml, to be northward).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

شِمَال (šimālf (plural أَشْمُل(ʾašmul) or شَمَائِل(šamāʾil) or شُمُل(šumul))

  1. left hand
  2. left side
  3. bad omen
  4. handful of ears
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Etymology 2Edit

From the root ش م ل(š-m-l) meaning “to bundle, “to wrap”, “to huddle”, “to be cold” – such senses are influenced by the cold-dry northerly wind necessitating wrapping up with clothes.

NounEdit

شِمَال (šimālm (plural شَمَائِل(šamāʾil))

  1. case, sheath, wrapping
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Etymology 3Edit

From the root ش م ل(š-m-l) meaning “to be leftward” – the north direction being the left-hand side facing the sunrise. Additionally it is relatable to the root meaning “to bundle” or “to wrap”, as the cold northern wind necessitated wrapping up with clothes, contrasting with جَنُوب(janūb, south) from the root ج ن ب(j-n-b) meaning “changing”, “laying aside” clothes, the warm southern wind allowing to put off clothes.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʃa.maːl/
  • (file)

NounEdit

شَمَال (šamālm

  1. north
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Coordinate termsEdit

شَمَال غَرْبِيّ(šamāl ḡarbiyy) شَمَال (šamāl) شَمَال شَرْقِيّ(šamāl šarqiyy)
غَرْب(ḡarb)   شَرْق(šarq)
جَنُوب غَرْبِيّ(janūb ḡarbiyy) جَنُوب(janūb) جَنُوب شَرْقِيّ(janūb šarqiyy)

NounEdit

شَمَال (šamālf (plural شَمَالَات(šamālāt))

  1. north wind
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ChagataiEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Arabic شَمَال(šamāl).

NounEdit

شمال (šemal)

  1. wind

Moroccan ArabicEdit

Root
ش م ل

Etymology 1Edit

From Arabic شَمَال(šamāl).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

شمال (šamālm

  1. north
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See alsoEdit

(compass points)

شمال
غرب   شرق
جنوب

Etymology 2Edit

From Arabic شِمَال(šimāl).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

شمال (šmālm

  1. left
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PersianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Arabic شَمَال(šamāl).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Dari Persian شمال
Iranian Persian
Tajik шимол (šimol)

شمال (šomâl)

  1. north
  2. Northern Iran

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South Levantine ArabicEdit

Root
ش م ل

Etymology 1Edit

From Arabic شِمَال(šimāl).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʃmaːl/, [ʃmæːl]
  • (file)

NounEdit

شمال (šmālm

  1. left
    لف عإيدك الشمال!‎‎
    liff ʕa-ʔīdak iš-šmāl!
    Turn left!
    (literally, “Turn on your left hand!”)
    Antonym: يمين(yamīn)

Etymology 2Edit

From Arabic شَمَال(šamāl).

NounEdit

شمال (šamālm

  1. north

Derived termsEdit

See alsoEdit

(compass points)

شمال
غرب   شرق
جنوب