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"Man" in Hebrew
In Hebrew "man" or "mankind" is אדם (A-dam). In Genesis 1-3 there is intentional word-play with אדם being translated variously as "man," "mankind," and the proper name, "Adam."

Man was set as the pinnacle of God's creation, created in the image of God. Even after the fall, man is still called אדם.

Noteworthy Usage In Old Testament
Some interesting usages of this word in the Old Testament include:
  • First Occurrence: Genesis 1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." 
  • Even after the fall, the murder of man is prohibited on the basis of man's retention of the image of God, Genesis 9:6 "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man."
  • Christ is the "second" Adam, who redeems all mankind (Romans 5:14 ff.)
  • The title "Son of Man" is used of Christ in Revelations 1:13.
  • Last Occurrence: Malachi 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings."

Mnemonics to Remember "Brother" in Hebrew
Find a "sound-alike" for the word אדם(A-dam). For myself, an obvious English "sound-alike" (in some instances a transliteration) is "Adam"  I simply remember that Adam is a man and from Adam came all mankind.  Find your own unique "sound-alike" for this word and then associate the English "sound-alike" to the Hebrew definition.

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