Zer-panîtum This was the name of the consort of Merodach, and is generally read Sarp(b)anitum--a transcription which is against the native orthography and etymology, namely, seed-creatress (Zer-banîtum)....Why she was called the lady of the abyss, and elsewhere the voice of the abyss (Me-abzu) is not known. ... The tendency of scholars has been to identify her with the moon, Merodach being a solar deity and the meaning silvery--Sarpanitum, from sarpu, one of the words for silver, was regarded as supporting this idea. She was identified with the Elamite goddess named Elagu, and with the Lahamum of the island of Bahrein, the Babylonian Tilmun Cited from Website: Principal gods.