I have a favorite star (dorky I know :-), and I'm interested in what astrological Web sites call the "traditional" name, Mintaka.
"Delta Orionis (δ Ori), traditionally known as Mintaka (from منطقة manţaqah, which means "belt" in Arabic) , is a star some 900 light years distant in the constellation Orion. "
- Does 'Mintaka' *sound right* to an Arabic speaker?
- What is the difference between 'Mintaka' and 'manţaqah' if any?
- Any hints on pronunciation of either or both words?
- Are there any other meanings or words closely related or that sound the same that might be embarrassing if using the word with an Arabic speaker?
Thanks in advance, folks!