What is the etymology of the word "Vasikin", used for the Minyan that starts Shemona Esrei at sunrise? Also, is "Vasikin" Hebrew or Aramaic?
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Jastrow (page 375) on the word ותיק:
And then from Vatikin as a description of the men who did this -> the practice.
I think Mishnaic Hebrew, with a comparison to Arabic and Biblical Hebrew.