عصفور

ArabicEdit

 
عُصْفُور
 عصفور‎ on Arabic Wikipedia

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Semitic *ṣapir- (small bird), from Proto-Afroasiatic *c̣ipar- (small bird; guinea fowl); variant form of صَافِر(ṣāfir, small bird), the /ع/ perhaps derives from a conflation with another closely related root Proto-Semitic *ʿiṣṣūr- (bird). Compare Hebrew ציפור(ṣippōr), Aramaic צִפְּרָא(ṣippərā), Ugaritic 𐎕𐎔𐎗 (ṣpr), and Akkadian 𒄷 (iṣṣūru).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

عُصْفُور (ʿuṣfūrm (plural عَصَافِير(ʿaṣāfīr))

  1. any small bird
  2. sparrow

DeclensionEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Maltese: għasfur

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