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תִּינוֹק, תִּינוֹקֶת

The Hebrew word for baby boy is תִּינוֹק ( listen and repeat), while the word for baby girl is תִּינוֹקֶת (listen and repeat).When speaking of multiple babies, it’s תִּינוֹקוֹת ( listen and repeat), regardless of gender.

These words derive from the root י.נ.ק (y.n.k), which means nursing. They first appear in Mishnaic Hebrew.

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For example, I wish to congratulate my friends, my colleague and assistant Lauren and her husband David, with:

הָמוֹן בְּרִיאוּת וְשִׂמְחָה לְרֶגֶל הֻלֶּדֶת הַתִּינוֹקֶת הַחֲדָשָׁה!
Lots of health and happiness on the occasion of the birth of the new baby girl!
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Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.