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hamza

[hahm-zah] /ˈhɑm zɑ/
noun
1.
the sign used in Arabic writing to represent the glottal stop, usually written above another letter and shown in English transliterations as an apostrophe.
Origin of hamza
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40, hamza is from the Arabic word ḥamzah literally, a squeezing together
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  • She sat down on the divan, and almost immediately hamza came in.

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  • She pointed to the small paper packets, which hamza had not yet carried off.

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  • He came a little nearer to hamza, stood by the rail, and offered him a cigarette.

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  • hamza accepted it, with a soft salute, and hid it somewhere in his robe.

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  • hamza would not recognize the East that was in Isaacson, or perhaps he felt the Jew.

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British Dictionary definitions for hamza

hamza

/ˈhɑːmzɑː; -zə/
noun
1.
the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop
Word Origin
from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression
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