Wehr Wednesdays #161

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

الباب مفتوح على مصراعيه (miṣrā’aihi) the door is wide open

Root: ص-ر-ع

Page: 597*

Example: “فَنَقولُ لَهُم إنَّ البابَ مَفْتوحٌ عَلى مِصراعَيهِ لِلحِوار”

Translation: “so we say to them that the door is wide open for discussion”


  • مِصراعَيه is a combination of the dual form of مصراع (i.e. مصراعَينِ) and the possessive pronoun suffix ـه—when a possessive suffix is added to a dual noun, the ن disappears, hence مصراعيه!

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

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