The Arabic-German dictionary was completed in , but not published until The work is compiled on descriptive principles: only words and expressions that are attested in context are included. Despite this at least one Jewish scholar, Hedwig Klein, contributed to the dictionary.
The dictionary arranges its entries according to the traditional Arabic root order. Foreign words are listed in straight alphabetical order by the letters of the word. Arabicized loanwords , if they can clearly fit under some root, are entered both ways, often with the root entry giving reference to the alphabetical listing.
Under a given root, lexical data are, whenever they exist, arranged in the following sequence: . Nominal forms then follow according to their length including those verbal nouns and participles which merit separate listings.
This ordering means that forms derived from the same verb stem i.
The dictionary does not usually give concrete example forms of finite derived stem verbs, so that the user must refer to the introduction in order to know the pattern associated with each of the stem numbers "II" through "X" and reconstruct such verb forms based solely on the stem number and the abstract consonantal root. Transcriptions for specific details, see Hans Wehr transliteration are provided for the past tense of the basic verb form, for the vowel of the imperfect tense, and for all nouns and particles, but they are not provided for verb forms of the derived stems, except for any irregular forms, the rare XI to XV stems, and the quadriliteral roots.
As to orthography, word-initial glottal stops or hamza i. The English version of the Wehr dictionary is currently available in two editions. Librairie du Liban in Lebanon printed it since , it is widely available in the Middle East.
It is usually available in America as a compact "student"  paperback published by Spoken Language Services, Inc. There is a more recent German edition available 5th edition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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