what does the prefix Al and El mean in arabic like elixir or alcohol algebra etc.?
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
They are both Arabic for "the". The Arabic languages uses its equivalent of the word "the" far more often than English does.
phlatulent phrog, elixir comes to English via Latin from Arabic العكسير "al-‘iksīr", a kind of medicine (though the ixir bit comes from a Greek word), alcohol comes from الكحل, "al-kuḥl", an antiseptic/eyeliner, by way of Latin and then French, and algebra means reunion and comes from الجبر (al-jabr) in the title of a mediaeval Arabic mathematical treatise called علم الجبر والمقابل "ilm al-jabr wa’l-muqābala".
The Middle East led to world in scholarship for some time during the middle ages, so it's not surprising that quite a few English words ultimately come from Arabic.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I don't what it means in arabic, but whatever the meaning, it has nothing to do with elixir, alcohol or algebra which a) are English words and b) are not words in which al and/or el is a prefix signifying anything.
- JaneLv 44 years ago
al = the