Abarim Publications' online Biblical Hebrew Dictionary
The root-verb נטף (natap) means to drop, drip or distil. This poetic verb is used for dripping rain (Judges 5:4), dripping wine (Joel 3:18) or myrrh distilling on lips (Song of Solomon 5:13). Figuratively it may carry the meaning of prophesying (Micah 2:11). This verb yields three nouns:
- The masculine noun נטף (natap), meaning a drop (Job 36:27 only).
- The identical masculine noun נטף (natap), denoting a kind of odoriferous gum, which was gathered in drops and used in sacred incense (Exodus 30:34 only).
- The feminine noun נטיפה (netipa), denoting a kind of ornamental jewelry in the shape of a drop (Judges 8:26 and Isaiah 3:16 only).