from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A noun, such as book or dog, that can be preceded by the definite article and that represents one or all of the members of a class.
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- n. A noun that can be preceded by an indefinite article, and denotes any member, or all members of a class; an ordinary noun such as "dog" or "city".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the name of any one of a class of objects, as distinguished from a proper noun (the name of a particular person or thing).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a noun that denotes any or all members of a class
Sorry, no etymologies found.
"Ai" has the article, being derived from a common noun meaning "heap of stones."
Ephrath is identified, for strictly speaking it is more in the nature of a common noun ( "fruitful region") than a proper noun, or according to its meaning there may have been several such Ephraths in the land.