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M. Henri Day
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Postby M. Henri Day » Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:40 pm

Flaminius wrote:Cotton in that language [Hebrew], by the way, is named periphrastically; tsemer gefen (vine wool).


Flam, do you know if the Hebrew term is ancient, or whether it is a modern construction, influenced, perhaps, by words like German «Baumwolle» ?...

Henri
曾记否,到中流击水,浪遏飞舟?

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Postby Flaminius » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:34 pm

M. Henri Day wrote:
Flaminius wrote:Cotton in that language [Hebrew], by the way, is named periphrastically; tsemer gefen (vine wool).


Flam, do you know if the Hebrew term is ancient, or whether it is a modern construction, influenced, perhaps, by words like German «Baumwolle» ?...

Henri


I didn't know the answer but luckily somebody had asked the same question already and got an answer, in a different place.

M. Henri Day
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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Jan 15, 2006 2:25 pm

After reading on your «different place», Flam, that most of its readers will have guessed that «Tsemer Pladah» refers to steel wool, I came to the reluctant conclusion that I lacked the requisite intellectual qualifications, and crossed it off my list. So can it go !...

Henri
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