[b-hebrew] Lion in Hebrew: lexical development question
kwrandolph at email.com
Wed Mar 29 09:44:15 EST 2006
I have wondered the same question, and one possible
answer is that some of the animals are now extinct
For example, $XL, could this have been what we now
call a "jackal"? Field studies in Africa have found
that jackals are predators in their own right.
Another example is the animal normally translated
as "leopard" has stripes.
Herman Meester also gave a good answer.
Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "A. Philip Brown II" <philipbrown at apbrown2.net>
> I'm curious if anyone knows why or has a theory as to why Hebrew
> developed/acquired a relatively large number of lexemes for 'lion.'
> )RY, GWR, KPYR, LB), LBYH, LY$, $XL, which omits two feminine lemmas listed
> by HALOT.
> Are there any studies on these synonyms? Semantic field analyses?
> Philip Brown
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