MalteseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic رُكْبَة(rukba). The modern Maltese form with metathesis, gemination and devoicing is a backformation from the plural (or original dual). From the expected *rokba, it would yield *rukbtejn, where the triple consonant cluster was simplified to *rkubtejn. Compare the same in mnifsejn (instead of *minfsejn), plural of minfes (nostril).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

rkoppa f (plural rkupptejn or rkopptejn)

  1. (anatomy) knee
    It-tubu ta’ l-irkoppa għandu żewġ toqob li jillimitaw il-moviment tar-riġel.
    The knee tube has two lugs which limit the movement of the lower leg.