Etymologically distinct words for relatives in Semitic


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Some Semitic words for relatives are simply feminine/masculine version of each other (e.g. Arab. uxt "sister" vs ax "brother" or bin "son" vs bint "daughter")*. Was there once a word for the above female relatives, etymologically distinct from its male counterpart?

* I tempted to say the female one is made by adding -t to the male word, but I wondered if there was once a neuter root in PS or a masculine marker which was later dropped from most/all Semitic languages.

Thanks in advance.
  • rushalaim

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    Semitic did not have any neuter ever. Feminine suffix -t is plural indeed. See for example "fathers" (abahat > abot).
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