MSA + Southern EthS. The ultimate origin of this peculiar areal isogloss is obscure. Any connection with Arb. ǯafn- ‘scabbard, sheath’? (Kogan 2015: 554)
Attested only in the S. Sem. area; possibly an areal term not of common Sem. origin.
Though likely derived from PS *mḫṣ̂ 'to smite' (see in HALOT 571, CDG 338), a parallelism in Arb. and Eth. is hardly a fortuitous result of independent semantic development.
one of the four widespread designations of camel in individual languages, the similarity between these designations must be due to diffusion from an Arabian source
Only in SSem area.