طفيل

ArabicEdit

EtymologyEdit

Diminutive of طِفْل(ṭifl, little child), though in the sense of “parasite” perhaps a backformation from the commoner adjective طُفَيْلِيّ(ṭufayliyy). The old Arabic lexicographers explained this sense as being derived from the name of a certain man called Ṭufayl, who, among the ancient Arabs, used to gatecrash feasts. However, a derivation directly from the diminutive sense might also make sense. Compare moreover Hebrew טַפִּיל(tapil, parasite), which, if ancient, would refute the legend.

NounEdit

طُفَيْل (ṭufaylm

  1. (biology) parasite
  2. Diminutive of طِفْل(ṭifl, little child)

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