is a שֵׁן (listen and repeat
), while teeth
are שִׁנַּיִם (listen and repeat
) (a double form, even though many teeth
are spoken of, not just two).A brush
is a מִבְרֶשֶׁת (listen and repeat
), though when the word was created in the 19th century, it may have been intended to be מִבְרָשָׁה (listen and repeat
In any case, a toothbrush is a מִבְרֶשֶׁת שִׁנַּיִם (listen and repeat).
Likewise, an electric toothbrush is a מִבְרֶשֶׁת שִׁנַּיִם חַשְׁמָלִית listen.
The root of the word מברשת is ב.ר.שׁ (b.r.sh), which looks like a proper Hebrew/Semitic root. But looking into it a bit, my suspicion was confirmed that the root ב.ר.שׁ actually comes from the English brush (also Wiktionary).
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/ktzat-ivrit/how-to-say-toothbrush-in-hebrew/2013/06/18/
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