Construct form

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(Heb. Gram.) that of a noun used before another which has the genitive relation to it.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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33-34, 92), by which a noun governing another noun or a relative clause beginning with d- loses its final -a or -e, producing forms reminiscent of, but not historically derived from, the old status constructus, e.g., xas susa 'horseback', palgu[theta] urxa 'middle of the road'.
xxi), nevertheless the authors might have dispensed with the promulgation of the Latin terms of earlier generations of Semitists, such as "status constructus" and "dativus commodi vet incommodi."
Just as Hebrew developed the analytic genitive exponent [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 'of' replacing the status constructus and suffixed pronominals, exactly the same situation arose via parallel development in the modern Arabic dialects.
Thus, the syntactical statuses of the two components of the nominal phrase fall in line with their relative functional value: the attributive component (which formally is no longer an attribute) is the governing noun (having the morphological shape of status constructus), occupying the main position in the nominal-phrase, whereas the qualified noun, as a subordinated one, has the secondary position in the nominal-phrase.