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Apr 30, 2012

how to say "printing" in Hebrew


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דְּפוּס





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Yesterday, we saw the Hebrew terms for population, which come from the Ancient Greek word for massesόχλος (OHKH-lohs).


Today I'll introduce another Hebrew word that borrows from Greek.

Yesterday I visited two printing houses to pick up booklets for Ulpan La-Inyan, one in Raanana and the other in Tel Aviv. The Hebrew expression for printing house is בֵּית דְּפוּס (BEH-eet deh-FOOS).

by William Hook
דפוס comes from the Ancient Greek word τυπος (TOO-pohs) meaning a figure or type. דפוס - also the word for block-lettered writing - refers to the images printed on a piece of surface such as a piece of paper. 

Likewise, לְהַדְפִּיס (leh-hahd-PEES) is to print, an active-causative הפעיל verb.

דפוס has other similar meanings, including template and pattern.

That Greek word, τυπος, is the source of other words in Hebrew, such as טֹפֶס - a form - (TOH-fes) and טִפּוּס - a type (of thing or person) or a personality or "character" - (tee-POOS).


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