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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Persian *mōm. Akin to Northern Kurdish mûm (candle), Central Kurdish مۆم(mom, candle), Southern Kurdish موم(mûm, wax), and Old Armenian մոմ (mom), an Iranian borrowing.

Further origin uncertain. Perhaps a borrowing from a Semitic language, from Proto-Semitic *may- (water, liquid, sap); compare Akkadian 𒀀 (). The final -m could be from a plural suffix (the word being a plurale tantum in some languages) or from reduplication; compare Hebrew מים(mayim).[1]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

موم (mum)

  1. wax
  2. candle

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alexander Militarev, A complete etymology-based hundred wordlist of Semitic updated: Items 75-100, in the Journal of Language Relationhip[s]; entry 94 water, especially the Afro-Asiatic meaning of sap, liquid substance.