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Etymology edit

Learned borrowing from Akkadian 𒅈𒂵𒈠𒉡 (argamannu).

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argamannu (uncountable)

  1. A red-purple dye.
    • 2006, Stefan Zawadzki, Garments of the Gods: Studies on the Textile Industry and the Pantheon of Sippar According to the Texts from the Ebabbar Archive, Volume 1:
      The least frequently used dye was argamannu, which was also red and probably produced a shade of blue-purple, although different from that of takiltu.
  2. A cloth of this color, often woolen.

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argamannu m (Standard Babylonian, Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian, Boghazkeui)

  1. red purple
    • 8th century BCE, Tiglath-Pileser III, Royal inscription 35
      biltu maddattu kaspu hurāṣu annaku parzillu mašku pīru šinnu pīru takiltu argamannu lubuštu birmu kitû ibilu nāqāte eli kânu
      I imposed upon them tribute (and) payment of silver, gold, tin, iron, elephant hide(s), ivory, blue-purple (and) red-purple garments, multi-colored linen garments, camels, (and) she-camels.
    1. (later) red purple wool
  2. (Boghazkeui) tribute
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References edit

  • “argamannu”, in The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD)[1], volume 1, A, part 2, Chicago: University of Chicago Oriental Institute, 1968