Perhaps you’re heard the word מִזְמוֹר (meez-MOHR) – this refers to a poem that appears in the book of Psalms.
The Modern Hebrew word for singer takes the three-letter root of מזמור, creating זָמָּר (zah-MAHR – a male) and זַמֶּרֶת (zah-MEH-ret – a female).
הזמר, שלמה ארצי
(the singer, Shlomo Artzi)
This “ah-ah” vowel pattern, with a dot of emphasis (דגש) in the second letter of the root, is characteristic of many professional terms, such as טָבָּח (tah-BAH – butcher) and נָגָּר (nah-GAHR – carpenter).