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prothesis

In a Greek church, a chapel beside the sanctuary, usually on the north side of the bema.
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Muraoka notes that prothetic aleph occurs "optionally with an
here 'bee' (UTIL 5: 498) < T ari; with prothetic /h/; Uzb ari (OTIL 1: 53).
The solution is generally the insertion of a prothetic e- ([es'tand, es'tandar], etc.
An earlier stage can be reconstructed as *ihraks, where *hra- was a masculine singular agent pronominal prefix, *-k- was the root meaning 'eat', *-s was a habitual aspect suffix, and a prothetic *i- was added at the beginning because the language could not tolerate a one-syllable verb.