YAM SUF: sea of mangroves?

David Taylor dave201 at mail.com
Mon Mar 18 12:55:59 EST 2002

In Arabic yam-us-suf means: Sea of wool. There is a particular coral plant, that I have in mind, that looks like wool and most probably grows in the Red sea, otherwise referred to as suf-al-bahar (wool of the sea). Reference: Lisan Al-Arab Vol 7 p.444. Anybody gone for scuba diving in the Red Sea?

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From: "Peter Kirk" <Peter_Kirk at sil.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 21:01:14 -0000
To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Subject: YAM SUF: sea of mangroves?

> So could YAM SUF have meant "sea of mangroves"? Does anyone know the
> Arabic for "mangrove"? - I wonder if it might be related to SUF.
> Peter Kirk
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