Wehr Wednesdays #172

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

قفر qafara u (qafr): قفر أثره (aṯarahū) to follow s.o.’s tracks, track s.o.

Root: ق-ف-ر

Page: 914*

Example: “قَفَروا أَثَرَهُ مِنَ البادِيَةِ القَفراءِ إلى جِبالِ القَوقاز”

Translation: “they tracked him, from the arid desert to the Caucasus mountains”


  • The adjective قَفراء seen in the example sentence, within the phrase البادية القفراء, is from the same root as the verb قَفَرَ / يَقفُرُ.

Revise all of the vocab from the series on Quizlet:

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

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