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Classical SyriacEdit

Alternative formsEdit


From the earlier uncontracted form ܓܠܓܠܐ(galgəlāʾ), from the root ܓ-ܠ-ܠ(ɡ-l-l) related to rolling. The sense of "thistle stalks" is from Hebrew גַּלְגַּל(galgal).


  • IPA(key): [ɡiɣlɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [ɡiɣle(ʔ)] (plural)


ܓܝܓܠܐ (gigglāf (plural ܓܝܓܠܐ)

  1. wheel of a carriage, well, or mill
  2. (geometry) circle, ring, disc, sphere
  3. cycle, circuit, circular course, orbit
  4. (astronomy) celestial sphere
  5. potter's wheel
  6. torture device
  7. round boulder used to close a tomb
  8. (figuratively, religion) angels
  9. (botany) thistle stalks


Derived termsEdit


  • gygl”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 42a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 68a-b
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 228a-b