Origin of English word SAPPHIRE

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English Word

SAPPHIRE

Edenic Word

$aPeeYR

Hebrew Word

ספיר

Transliteration

Samekh-Pey-Yod-Resh

Pronounciation

SAP(H)-EAR

Conversion

[SPYR]

Meaning

sapphire

Roots

Greek sappheiras is the source cited by the AHD. Webster's admits to the existence of Hebrew $aPeeYR  ("sapphire"-.Exodus39:11), but covers up with "from Sanskrit Sanipriya, literally, dear to Saturn." This “burning” gem is a methathesis of SaRaPH (to burn – see SAFFRON.)


Branches

SAPPHIRA the feminine name is admitted to be from Aramaic, but akin to Greek sappir (beautiful). Even Aramaic  SHooFRAh (elegance, glory) is from  SHePHeR (beauty, goodliness - Genesis49:21). SPLENDID and RESPLENDENT, from Indo-European “root” spel (to shine, glow) ought to relate (SPR → SPL). Shin-Pey-Lamed/ S(H)-P(H)-L renders antonyms of humiliation and depression – see   ASPHALT. Szep is beautiful in Hungarian. Anyone named Shifra Shapiro ought to be doubly beautiful.

See JASPER + SUPER.


Bible Verses

Exodus 39:11 והטור השׁני נפך ספיר ויהלם׃

“And the second row, a carbuncle, a sapphire, and an emerald.”


Strong

(5601)

Related Words

SUPER



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