Hebrew Time #19 - Flowers
Welcome to Hebrew Time #19! For those of us who are joining now – Hebrew Time is a series of weekly posts about the Hebrew language, Israel, and the Jewish people.
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I spent last week touring Transylvania with a group of Israelis, about 80% of whom were related to me somehow within the last 5 generations:) While I was wandering around enjoying the sunshine and the novel sensation of wearing sandals in May, they were getting all excited over apple blossoms and dandelions. In recognition of the fact that growing vegetation is a precious commodity in Israel (because water is also precious), I have decided that today we will learn about flowers:)
Let’s start with the first word I ever spoke - פרח - flower.
The plural is פרחים.
Before we get to the actual names, a quick biology lesson…:)
ניצן - bud
גבעול - stem
עלה - leaf
שורש - root
And now to some of Israel’s flowers…
אירוס - Iris. Only found in the north.
אמנון ותמר - pansy
חצב - squill. A spring flower.
חבצלת - pancratium (sand lily) . This is a flower which often grows on the sands on Israel’s beaches.
כלנית - wind anemone. Literally means “little bride” and flowers in the warm Israeli winter.
נורית - daisy
פרג - poppy. Found in the north and centre of Israel.
לוע הארי - snapdragon. A flower commonly found all over Israel.
רקפת - cyclamen. Ditto this one.
סיגל - violet
צבעוני - tulip. If you were paying attention last week, you would know that this literally means “colourful”:) Found in the south
שושן - lily.
ורד - rose.
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