um suff

\ u̇mˈsüf \
plural -s

Definition of um suff

: a wiry grass (Vossia procera) that is found in the Nile and often makes up a considerable part of the river's sudd

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History and Etymology for um suff

Arabic umm ṣūf sudd, literally, mother (i.e., source) of wool, from ṣūf-al-baḥr, a maritime plant, literally, wool of the sea

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“Um suff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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