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What is the only shoresh in lashon hakodesh that starts with the letter "Vav"?

Nouns are fair game.

(Don't tell me there is more than one - Varod or Vered is Aramaic, and the shoresh of Vidui does not start with a "vav".)

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I was gonna say ורד (meaning Rose). How do you know (or why do you say) it's aramaic? – yydl Aug 31 '10 at 3:01
No instance of ורד in Tanach. Appears first in Mishnayos, Braisos, and Midrashim. – Yahu Aug 31 '10 at 5:08
I wonder if R' JD Bleich would hold you spell "Varda" ending with an aleph [for transliterating non-Hebrew] and not a heh [for Hebrew] because it's not Biblical; that's his opinion about "Ilana." – Shalom Aug 31 '10 at 16:03
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Vav vav, which spells 'vav'? (I thought of this independently but confirmed it here.)

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+1. I think you nailed it. – Alex Aug 31 '10 at 3:13
Actually it's vav alef vav, but you got the source (or one of them so you get the check.) And for all you "I'll ask a question I know the answer to, answer it and give myself a check"ers: I knew the answer but I feel it is more important to generate genuine learning and research rather than feed everything to others. – Yahu Aug 31 '10 at 5:16
Meaning "hook", I assume? (The vav in Paleo-Hebrew [ksav ivri] does look like a hook.) – Shalom Aug 31 '10 at 5:25
Absolutely, that is why it is the vav that is used as the all around conjunction. See mi.yodeya.com/questions/2720/… – Yahu Aug 31 '10 at 5:29
Is it used Biblically as a verb? (E.g. tav, which in Paleo looked like an X, means "mark", both as a noun and verb, Ezekiel 9:4.) – Shalom Aug 31 '10 at 16:01


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Sorry. Although that is a valid Hebrew word, its shoresh is "yud ayin dalet". – Yahu Aug 31 '10 at 5:10

If Shalom gets to use vav ayin dalet (a version of yud ayin dalet), I'll throw in vav hay bais (see Rashi Bamidbar 21:14)

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There's a lot of those, too. – YDK Aug 30 '10 at 19:25
As well as nouns like valad and veshet. – YDK Aug 30 '10 at 19:28
Or viter (ותר). – Alex Aug 30 '10 at 20:17
Although Rashi says the vav is from the Yesod he just means that it is not a prefix. It takes the place of the Yud. – Yahu Aug 31 '10 at 5:12
YDK, it was a nice try and you generated interest in the difference between a letter being "min haYesod" and being the actual letter of the shoresh. Yiyasher Kochacha! – Yahu Aug 31 '10 at 5:19

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