how to say “glue” in Hebrew

דֶּבֶק

The root ד.ב.ק in Biblical Hebrew refers to clinging, cleaving, as in:

“ודבק באשתו והיו לבשר אחד.” (בראשית ב’, כ”ד)

“And he shall cleave to his wife and they shall be as one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

We use this root today to form the word that refers to something adhesive or glue: דבק. Like in English, דבק can be used metaphorically:

היא הדבק של קבוצה.

She’s the glue of the group.

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1 Comment

  • When people talk about tape, do they tend to say דבק more than סרט, and if so why? Is סרט correct for tape?

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