גִּיר m.n. 1 lime (a hapax legomenon in the Bible, occurring Is. 27:9). NH 2 chalk. [Related to BAram. גִּירָא (= plaster), JAram. גִּירָא (= lime), Syr. גִּירָא (= birdlime), OSArab. גירמ (= lime), Tigre gerger (= chalkstone). All these words are ultimately borrowed from Akka. kīru (= chalkstone), which itself is a loan word from Sumerian gir (of s.m.). Arab. jayyār, jīr (= lime), are Aram. loan words.] Derivatives: גִּירִי, גִּירִית.