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ayin

[ah-yin; Sephardic Hebrew ah-yeen]
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noun
  1. the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. the voiced pharyngeal constrictive consonant represented by this letter and cognate with Arabic 'ain.

Origin of ayin

First recorded in 1875–80, ayin is from the Hebrew word ʿayin literally, eye
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Historical Examples

  • His bosom friend, Ayin, makes the sound of a subdued and home-sick calf.

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  • The universal existence, the En-Sof, consequently is identical with the non-existent (Ayin).


British Dictionary definitions for ayin

ayin

noun
  1. the 16th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ע), originally a pharyngeal fricative, that is now silent and transliterated by a raised inverted comma (')

Word Origin

Hebrew
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