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Published on: juillet 18, 2015

1- What is the etymology of tannin in the Semitic languages, in Arabic and Hebrew it describes a mythical creature, seen as a reptile (giant serpent, dragon, giant sea serpent) but also shared in the religious texts in the bible and the prophetic tradition in Islam.


2- Is there any relation with the Berber Tanina that may describe a mythical bird ?


  • Arabic (tineen / taneen تنين) :
  • Hebraw (tannin תנין) : used mainly in the modern Hebrew for
  • Berber (Tanina, thanina is some dialects) : is translated as female falcon, female eaglet, mythical bird, phoenix.


it is just a wondering, even if for the moment I don’t see any relation, I need to study their etymologies.

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