"The bird belongs to Abraham."
Translation:הציפור שייכת לאברהם.
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Hebrew has some words that look masculine, but are feminine (e.g. עיר, ביצים, דרכים). There are also some words that look feminine, but are masculine (e.g. אבות). These are all exceptions. The form of verbs or adjectives used with such nouns can help recognize these exceptions. E.g. הביצים שבורות, the verb uses a feminine plural ending since the noun is actually feminine (even though it has an ים ending).
The root is ש-י-כ. There are two verbs, one in pi'el/pu'al שייך (pi'el: to attribute, pronounced shiyéch) and שויך (pu'al: to be attributed, pronounced shuyách) and another in hitpa'el השתייך (to belong, pronounced hishtayéch).
The word is a female word. Normally they end in hey or tav... Most Animals I think usually have both male and female, like cats חתול , חתולה , .. Some look like female but are male words. Look lion, אריה .aryeh Female lion, a lioness is לְבִיאָה leviah. So I guess the word for a general bird is female, & there's no male version. I'm doing the course too so this is only what I understand from what I've read... But I think there are words for male varieties in specific birds.
Why do we call some women Deborah (bee), Skye, Brooke, Ethel (noble), Blanche (blonde) April, or May? (Note, June and July started off as people's names.) And why do we call some men Caleb (dog), Stein (stone), Björn (bear), or Cooper (barrel maker)? Sometimes it's after attributes the child has when born, sometimes it's for attributes it is hoped they will develop, and sometimes it's just because the parents like the sound of the name. :)
Biblical. Genesis, 35:8, Judges, 4:4. The wet nurse of Rebecca, the wife of Isaac. Deborah was the daughter of Utz, son of Nachor. Nachor was the brother of Avraham. Utz was the brother of Bethuel, son of Nachor. Rebecca was Bethuel's daughter. Hence, Deborah was an older first cousin to Rebecca. Deborah never married. The other and more famous one was Deborah, the judge and prophetess of G‑d. She was the wife of Lapidot, she was wise and G‑d fearing (Judges 4:4). Deborah held court outdoors, in the shade of a palm tree, and people flocked to her for advice and help. The name may have originally been given to a baby girl because her crying may have had a buzzing or humming sound of a bee.
Because that is how שייך works. It is conjugated according to the thing that is being possessed, not according to the one who possesses.
For example ספר שייך לאברהם - book belongs to Abraham, because book is masculine. But ציפור שייכת לאברהם - bird belongs to Abraham, because bird is feminine.