Wehr Wednesdays #73

A new word or phrase from the Hans Wehr dictionary, every Wednesday.

بلور balwara to crystallize out (هـ s.th.); to visualize ( هـ future goals, objectives); to zero-in on ( هـ s.th., e.g., an idea)

Root: ب-ل-و-ر

Page: 92*

Example: “بَلْوَرَ ذلِكَ الحَدَثُ دَورَهُ كَزَعيم”

Translation: “that event crystallised his role as a leader”


  • This is a form I quadriliteral verb. This root also has a form II verb (تَبَلوَرَ / يَتَبَلوَرُ) which has the passive meaning of the form I verb, i.e. “to be crystallised”. You can check my post about quadriliteral verb forms if you’re interested to find out more about verbs with 4-letter roots!
  • If you’re unsure about what “s.th.”, “هـ”, and other abbreviations in the Hans Wehr mean, take at this searchable list of abbreviations you’ll find inside the dictionary.

You can now revise all of the Wehr Wednesday vocab so far on Quizlet here to stay on top of things!

* The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th Edition

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