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How to Say ‘Badger’ and ‘to Dig’ in Hebrew

Badger

לַחְפּוֹר

 listen and repeat

The Ancient- as well as Modern-Hebrew word for to dig is לַחְפּוֹר ( listen and repeat), of the root ח.פ.ר (kh.p.r) and the active-simple פָּעַל verb form.

For example:

יִצְחָק חָפַר בְּאֵרוֹת בַּנֶּגֶב.

Isaac dug wells in the Negev (southern desert portion of Israel).  listen The word לחפור is also used in Modern-Hebrew slang to mean to badger with lots and lots of questions.

For example:

הִיא חָפְרָה וְחָפְרָה עַד שֶׁהוּא קָם וְהָלַךְ.

She badgered and badgered until he got up and left.  listen חֲפִירָה ( listen and repeat) is the act of digging.

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