Since the ancient Greek word has a lot of literal uses meaning things like "bar for keeping things strainght" or "reference line", it seems to me rather unlikely that it derives from an Arabic word with a more abstract meaning. In general, I am unaware that there was much direct linguistic transmission from Arabic to ancient (rather than Byzantine) Greek: if there is a relationship between the words, it seems likely to be much more oblique. Myopic Bookworm


... this article looks like it's been copied out of dictionaries... 23:11, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Some of our entries are based on very old dictionaries that are no longer copyrighted. In this case, I think it's original content. Have you seen the same definitions somewhere else that didn't take them from Wiktionary? Equinox â—‘ 23:14, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
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