קֶֽשֶׁת f.n. 1 bow. 2 rainbow. MH 3 arc. NH 4 violin bow. [Related to OAram. קשׁת, Aram. קַשֽׁתָא, and קֻשְׁטָא (the ט for ת is due to the assimilation of the latter to the emphatic ק), Syr. קֶשֽׁתָּא, Ugar. qṣ‘t, Arab. qaus, Ethiop. qast, Akka. qashtu (= bow). Only the letters ק and שׁ belong to the stem, the ת is secondary. According to some scholars, the Old Sem. forms derive from base יקשׁ in the sense ‘to be crooked’. However, since this base occurs neither in Akka. nor in Ethiop., this supposition must be rejected. cp. קשֶׁט (= bow), and קשׁט ᴵᴵ (= to shoot).] Derivatives: קַשָּׁת, קָשֹׁת, קַשֽׁתִּי, קַשְׁתּוּת, קַשְׁתִּית ᴵ, קַשְׁתִּית ᴵᴵ, קַשְׁתָּנִית, מְקֻשָּׁת.