how do you say “cute” in Hebrew?
The Land of Israel has many names in the Bible, one of which is ארץ חמדה – translated roughly as the coveted land. The root ח.מ.ד means desire or coveting, as in the Biblical commandment לא תחמוד – do not covet.
What a cute puppy (cub)!
ח.מ.ד is a Semitic root that finds expression in Arabic as well, most notably in the name محمد – Muhammad. In Arabic, the root means praiseworthy.