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taff‑, taf?f‑ تفّ / تففـ , ? (?)
ID ... • Sw – • BP – • APD ... • Aut SG
TFː (TFF)
vb., I
to spit – WehrCowan1979.
▪ Accord. to SEDV#72, the word is from Sem *TPP ‘to spit’. – Cf., however, also Eg tf ‘to spit; saliva’ .
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▪ SEDV#72: Hbr tōp̄ät ‘spittle, expectoration’, JudAram təpap , təpē ‘to spit’, tūp ‘spittle’, Ar tff ‘to spit, Gz tafʔa ‘to spit, spit out’, Tña täfʔa , Arg täffa , əntəf ala , Har tuf bāya , Wol tuf balä ‘to spit’.
▪ ? Cf. also Ug ypṯ (< *wpṯ , inf. wpṯ-m /wuppaṯu-/) ‘to call s.o. names, scorn’, and Ar →NFṮ ?
▪ ErmanGrapow1921: Eg tf ‘to spit; saliva’
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▪ See above, section CONC.
▪ See also EgAr →taftif .
taffafa, vb. II, to say “phew”: denom. from tuff (?).

tuff, n., dirt under the fingernails | ~an la-ka , interj., phew!, fie on you!
taffāfaẗ, n.f., spittoon, cuspidor: ints.f. as n.instr.
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