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Classical SyriacEdit


From Proto-Semitic *lišān-.


  • IPA(key): [lɛʃʃɑnɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [lɛʃʃɑne(ʔ)] (plural)


ܠܫܢܐ (lišānā’m (plural ܠܫܢܐ)

  1. (anatomy) tongue
  2. (phonetics) pronunciation, articulation
  3. (linguistics) language, speech
  4. nation, people
  5. judgement
  6. (figuratively, geography) narrow stretch of land or water; isthmus, channel
  7. tongue-shaped ornament; wedge



  • l$n”, 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. 174b
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 245a-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. 698a-b