Definitions

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  • n. In ancient Egyptian mythology, a being's soul or personality, represented as a bird-headed figure, which survives after death but must be sustained with offerings of food.
  • v. (obsolete) To kiss.

Etymologies

Compare Old French baer ("to open the mouth"); French bayer (Wiktionary)
From Egyptian 𓅽𓏤 (bA). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are clearly miniature “houses for the gods,” as witnessed both by their clear architectural form and by the fact that in all West Semitic languages Canaanite, Phoenician, Punic, Aramaic, Hebrew, etc. the word ba¯yit/bêt is translated as both “house” and “temple.”

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • At twelve o'clock (noon) the next day the English engineers, with a party comprising all the Brazilian swells of Lagôa Dourada, proceeded to a valley within the village to lay the first chain for the exploration of the mountains which divide the watershed of the Rio São Francisco and the Paraopéba from the Carandahy and Rio Grande, for the prolongation of the Dom Pedro Segunda Railway.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • So, much as I’m weary of western politicians who couldn’t tell the Ka’ba from a peach cobbler going on about how extremists are “perverting” Islam — how the hell do they know? — this article, which got its author suspended from his radio talk show hosting job for its claim that “Islam is a terror organization,” is truly, profoundly stupid.

    Excommunicated from the Ummah?

  • Shipping agents who used horses were called ba-shaku 馬借.

    Dutch Futurists

  • Tamil language has no 'bha' alphabet, it is just 'pa' which is used interchangably with 'ba' - that's why the 'baath' I guess :

    Traditional Lunch Series - Day 4 (Capsicum baath, Pumpkin Pachidi, Thair Saadam)

  • Among the dishes served at that March 29 meal was potage brunoise, the recipe for which calls for a bain marie, a cooking technique adopted by Mexican chefs and called a baño maria, used to make a jugo de carne very similar to the meat broth used in making potage brunoise.

    The French Influence On Mexican Cooking: La Comida Afrancescada

  • In Japanese numerology, the number 389 bears a phonetic resemblance to the word sa ba ku “desert”.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • ¶ And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naph'tali, and Shechem in mount E'phra-im, and Kir'jath–ar'ba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.

    Joshua 20.

  • The amœba, which is merely a gelatinous mass, when it takes its food, extemporizes a stomach for the occasion.

    Hygienic Physiology : with Special Reference to the Use of Alcoholic Drinks and Narcotics

  • It is called ba-la'-tong, and is about one-fourth of an inch in length.

    The Bontoc Igorot

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  • A symbol adored by laconic sheep everywhere.

    July 7, 2008

  • ba is the Ancient Egyptian word for 'soul' or one part of the personality which survives death, represented by a human headed bird.

    June 2, 2008

  • Ba. Chemical element symbol for Barium.

    December 16, 2007