[b-hebrew] Are they synonyms?
if at math.bu.edu
Mon Jan 24 21:31:35 EST 2011
The root G$M is a member of the family of roots
*GDM, GZM, G$M
XSM, X$M, XTM
QDM, QTM, QSM
Later, Hebrew produced (following the Arabic) from the root G$M also
the adjective GA$M-IY, 'substantial, material' (as opposed to RUX-
ANIY, 'spiritual'). I think that GE$EM is what we call today
condensation (as opposed to vapor), or even the heavy clouds
themselves (in English too, 'cloud' is related to clod and clot).
MATAR is, methinks, 'sprinkle', LE-HA-MTIYR being 'to sprinkle, to
Nowadays MA-MTER-AH is a sprinkler, and MITR-IYAH (not GI$M-IYAH) is
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Jan 24, 2011, at 1:22 AM, Pere Porta wrote:
> Hi, dear list.
> We have the noun GE$EM, rain (Gn 7:12) and we have the noun MF+FR,
> rain (Dt
> Are they quite synonyms? Is there any difference as regards their
> Are they used in different contexts?
> Pere Porta
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