MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic إِخْوَة(ʾiḵwa, brothers). The use also for “sisters” from generic use of the masculine, perhaps reinforced formally by the construct form ħut, which would have been close to *ħwiet, the expected outcome of Arabic أَخَوات(ʾaḵawāt).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

aħwa (construct form ħut)

  1. siblings
    1. plural of ħu (brother)
    2. plural of oħt (sister)
  2. (ecclesiastical) brethren

Usage notesEdit

  • In order to specify sex in the plural, the appositions subien (boys) and bniet (girls) are used; see these.