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how to say “bacteria” in Hebrew

Tue | Nov 07

how to say “bacteria” in Hebrew

 

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חַיְדַּק

 

 

For me and for the majority of Ktzat Ivrit’s readership (except those in the southern hemisphere), it’s flu season.


A useful Hebrew word to know is that for bacteria – חַיְדַָקִים (khah-ee-dah-KEEM). This is the plural. A single bacterium is a חַיְדַּק (khah-ee-DAHK).


Like the subject of last entry involving the word for the 20th-century advent of the car brakes, bacteria was discovered long after Biblical and Mishnaic times. חיידק is thus a freshly coined (as in, the last several decades) term, cleverly combining the words חָי (KHAH-ee) – living – and דַּק (dahk) – thin or slight (or slender, as a friend of mine from the Land of the Queen Jeremy suggested).


חיידק is also one of the words for germ.



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