šmn


šmn
šmn
Definition: Common Semitic noun *šamn-, oil, fat. 1. Gethsemane, from Greek Gethsēmani, from Hebrew gat šemen, oil press, from šemen, oil (gat, press; see wgn). 2. sesame, sesamoid, from Greek sēsamē, sēsamon, sesame, from a Semitic source akin to Ugaritic ššmn, Phoenician ššmn, Aramaic šumšǝmā, Arabic simsim, all meaning «sesame» and all probably from Akkadian šamaššammū, sesame, from šaman, bound form of šamnu, oil (it is possible that the Akkadian form represents a folk etymology for an original form šamšamu, from a root *šmšm).

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