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Feb 17, 2013

how to say "frozen" in Hebrew


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קָפוּא

If you're like me and like warm weather, raise your hand.

The Hebrew word for frozen is קָפוּא.


קפוא comes from the active-simple פָּעַל intransitive verb to freeze - לִקְפּוֹא.

For example:


הָאֲגָם קָפָא.
The lake froze.

and


קָפָאתִי מִקּוֹר.
I froze from (the) cold.

Mind you, that's to freeze - just to freeze.

But to freeze something else - that's לְהַקְפִּיא, an active-causative הִפְעִיל transitive verb.

For example:


הָרוּחַ הִקְפִּיאָה אֶת הַמַּיִם הַמְּטַפְטְפִים.
The wind froze the dripping water.

Likewise, a מַקְפִּיא is a freezer.

Here's a song by Danny Sanderson with the word קפוא in it. Enjoy!



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