YAM SUF: sea of mangroves?

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at sil.org
Wed Mar 20 09:10:13 EST 2002


I did some snorkelling but not scuba diving. Plenty of coral which could
have been called "wool of the sea", but I never got the Arabic names for
any of them, or the English names for most of them.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Taylor [mailto:dave201 at mail.com]
> Sent: 18 March 2002 20:56
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: YAM SUF: sea of mangroves?
> 
> 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?
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> 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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