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To Leonid Kogan, due to the unstableness of fish terms in Semitic and rareness of isoglosses between Akkadian and Syriac, the possibility of a borrowing of this from Akkadian 𒄩 (KU6 /nūnu/) is appealing. The same sign as for the Akkadian word is also used with similar sound values in fish names in Sumerian. See also Hebrew נוּן(nūn) and Phoenician 𐤍𐤅𐤍(nwn).


  • IPA(key): [nunɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [nune(ʔ)] (plural)


ܢܘܢܐ (nūnām (plural ܢܘܢܐ)

  1. fish


Derived termsEdit


Proper nounEdit

ܢܘܢܐ (nūnem

  1. (astrology, astronomy, in the plural) Pisces (constellation and zodiac sign)


  • nwn”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary : قاموس سرياني-عربي, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, page 200a
  • Kogan, Leonid (2015) Genealogical Classification of Semitic. The Lexical Isoglosses, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, →ISBN, page 274
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 333a
  • 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, page 900b
  • H5125 in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible, 1979