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- adj. Used to describe word roots in Semitic languages which consist of four letters
- n. A word root in a Semitic language which consists of four letters
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consisting of four letters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of four letters, or of only four constant letters or consonants.
- n. A word or a root consisting of four letters or containing four consonants.
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All other feet, primary or secondary, consist necessarily of seven letters, as they contain a triliteral Watad (see supra i. 2) with either two biliteral Sabab khafíf (i. 1) or a quadriliteral Fásilah
True it is that many root forms exhibit only two consonants (e.g. 07176a09. gif, sab), but these are considered as contractions of original triliteral stems (e.g. 07176a10. gif, savav), and the few quadriliteral roots that occur are almost entirely of foreign origin, or can be otherwise accounted for.
It is technically called "Haukalah" and "Haulakah," words in the third conjugation of increased triliterals, corresponding with the quadriliteral radicals and possessing the peculiar power of Kasr = abbreviation.
If this quadriliteral man had done so much for _them_, (though really, we think, 6s. 8d. might have settled his claim,) what, says Fire, setting her arms a-kimbo, would they do for _him_?
Carter Revard St. Louis, Missouri Deciphering The Four-letter Word in a Medieval Manuscript's Satire on Friars The English may now reclaim from the Scots the honor, if such it be, of being the first to put the popular quadriliteral into writing.
All other feet, primary or secondary, consist necessarily of seven letters, as they contain a triliteral Watad (see supra i. 2) with either two biliteral Sabab khafíf (i. 1) or a quadriliteral Fásilah (i.