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Offline tradcolit

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Semitic 'meat/bread'
« on: May 15, 2016, 07:40:47 AM »
Hebrew and Arabic -derivatives of the Proto-Semitic Assyrian. Lekhem. - the Hebrew word for bread. Te Arabic word for meat.. .does the word "lekhem" exist in Assyrian? If so, it it breaad or meat or some other food?
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Re: Semitic 'meat/bread'
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2016, 10:04:06 PM »
Welcome to Linguist Forum!

I've split your question into a new thread. I hope someone will be able to help with it soon. The best I could do is check for an online dictionary, which you've probably already done. Perhaps an etymological dictionary of Arabic (not sure how accessible this information would be in English though) would also mention it.
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Re: Semitic 'meat/bread'
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2016, 07:17:21 AM »
According to the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary (CAD) (

p. 126
lêmu (or leʾēmu, leʾāmu, leḫēmu, laḫāmu) v. 1. to take food or drink, 2. to soften (in the mouth), to crush

You'll have to figure out if this is actually etymologically related, though.