An Adûnaic word for “land” (SD/423). It has an irregular plural form zâin which is the result of the phonetic change (SD/423): medial [w] and [j] vanished before [u] and [i]. Thus, the archaic plural changed from †zâyîn > zâîn > zâin.
Conceptual Development: In earlier names this word appeared as zen (SD/378, 385).
References ✧ SD/423, 429, 435
|zâin||plural; irregular-plural||✧ SD/423|
|zāin||plural; irregular-plural||✧ SD/429|
|zāin||plural; irregular-plural||“lands”||✧ SD/435|
|Ad. †zāyīn > *zāīn > zâin||[zājīn] > [zāīn] > [zāin]||✧ SD/423|