(a.), plural usually
al-usd, the most usual word for lion. It is also frequently found as a personal or tribal name (see following article; concerning the presumable etymology and connexions with other roots, see dicussion by C. de Landberg,
l.c., II/11, 1237-40). The old poetic word, which has been more and more replaced by
al-layt̲h̲ ; this is found not only in Semitic languages (Akk.
nēšu , this, however, generally only in prose: Landsberger, l.c., 76), but also, according to Koehler (
in VT Libros , 481b), in Greek λῖς, λεῖς where it is also use…