EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Portuguese alfaia.

NounEdit

alfaia (plural alfaias)

  1. A Brazilian drum with a membrane made of animal skin.
    • 2015 August 3, Ben Ratliff, “Review: Nação Zumbi Returns to Central Park SummerStage”, in New York Times[1]:
      And there was the band’s centerpiece and glory, the interlocking rhythm of a trap-set drummer, a percussionist, and three standing drummers playing the alfaia, the large wooden drum from the African-derived, northeastern Brazilian song-and-dance tradition of maracatu.

GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Galician and Old Portuguese alfaia, from Arabic حَاجَة(ḥāja, necessary thing; valuable thing) or حِلْيَة(ḥilya, ornament). Cognate with Portuguese alfaia and Spanish alhaja.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

alfaia f (plural alfaias)

  1. jewel
    Synonym: xoia
  2. worth
    Synonym: valor
  3. vessel
    • 1433, Á. Rodríguez González & José Armas Castro (eds.), Minutario notarial de Pontevedra (1433-1435). Santiago de Compostela: Consello da Cultura Galega, page 51:
      prefeas et alfayas de casa
      vessels and other needed things of the home
    Synonym: perfia

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • alfaya” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • alfaya” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • alfaia” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • alfaia” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • alfaia” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic حَاجَة(ḥāja, necessary thing; valuable thing) or حِلْيَة(ḥilya, ornament).

NounEdit

alfaia f (plural alfaias)

  1. utensil
  2. ornament

SynonymsEdit