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[ah-lif] /ˈɑ lɪf/
the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.
the glottal stop consonant represented by this letter.
Origin of alif
From Arabic; See origin at aleph Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Irish title of the letter a or haw is alif, as also is the Arabian: the Greek alpha is either alpa or alfa.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • The wheel turns ever, and no pleasure of ours but is built on the shifting sand of some one's pain, even as alif told me.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell

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