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Arabic Words and Phrases
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25th-Aug-2007 11:47 pm
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شعر - hair (šaʿr)
شارب (ج) شوارب - mustache
(šārib (pl.) šawārib)
لحية (ج) لحى - beard
(liHya (pl.) luHa)
باروكة or شعر مستعار - wig
(bārūka or šaʿr mustaʿār)
أصلع - bald
(aSlaʿ)
قشرة - dandruff
(qišra)
ناعم - straight (or soft/gentle)
(nāʿim)
مجعد - curly
(mujaʿʿad)
متموج - wavy
(mutamawwij)
طويل - long
(Tawīl)
قصير - short
(qaSīr)
جاف - dry
(jāf)
دهني - greasy
(duhni)
سميك - thick
(samīk)
خفيف - thinning (or light)
(xafīf)
حلاق - barber (Hallāq)
مصفف شعر - hairdresser
(muSaffif šaʿr)
شاب - يشيب - شيب - to go white-haired
(šāba, yašību, šaib)
صبغ - يصبغ - صبغ - to dye
(Sabaġa, yaSbaġu, Sabġ)
قص - يقص - قص - to cut
(qaSSa, yaquSSu, qaSS)
حلق - يحلق - حلق - to shave
(Halaqa, yaHliqu, Halq)
مشط - يمشط - تمشيط - to comb
(maššaTa, yumaššiTu, tamšīT)
مشط (ج) أمشاط - comb
(mušT (pl.) amšāT)
فرشاة - brush
(furšāh)
شفرة (ج) شفرات حلاقة - razor
(šafra (pl.) šafarāt Hilāqa)
مجفف الشعر - hairdryer
(mujaffif aš-šaʿr)

A couple of sayings using شاب
بعد ما شاب ودوه الكتاب
baʿd ma šāb waddūh ik-kuttāb
After his hair went white, he went back to school. (You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Used when an older person tries to do something more suited to the young.)

شابت لحاهم والعقل لسة ماجاهم
šābit liHāhum, wil-ʿa'l lissa magāhum
Although their beards have turned white, no mind or brain has come to them. (Used to criticize older people who act foolishly.)
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