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[ah-lif; Hebrew ah-lef] /ˈɑ lɪf; Hebrew ˈɑ lɛf/
the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the glottal stop consonant or, alternatively, long vowel represented by this letter.
Origin of aleph
1250-1300; Middle English < Hebrew āleph, akin to eleph ox Unabridged
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/ˈɑːlɪf; Hebrew ˈaːlɛf/
the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet (א) articulated as a glottal stop and transliterated with a superior comma (`)
Word Origin
Hebrew: ox
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Word Origin and History for aleph

Hebrew and Phoenician letter, c.1300, from Semitic languages, pausal form of eleph "ox" (the character might have developed from a hieroglyph of an ox's head); also see alphabet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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aleph in Technology

1. A Language Encouraging Program Hierarchy.
2. A system for formal semantics written by Peter Henderson ca. 1970.
[CACM 15(11):967-973 (Nov 1972)].

text, language
["Aleph: A language for typesetting", Luigi Semenzato and Edward Wang in Proceedings of Electronic Publishing, 1992 Ed. Vanoirbeek & Coray Cambridge University Press 1992].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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