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[kap-uh] /ˈkæp ə/
the tenth letter of the Greek alphabet (K, k).
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of kappa
< Greek káppa < Semitic; see kaph Unabridged
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  • Such was the end of the kappa, and my gallant friend, Commander Stephan.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The form c is the representative of γ and σ and not of the Greek kappa.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • But the kappa Upsilons were having quite a time with their pledges.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (
  • Marcella and Peggy were the only other representatives of the kappa Upsilons.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (
  • We can also trace Ainu influence in regard to certain Japanese superstitions, such as the belief in the kappa, or river monster.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
British Dictionary definitions for kappa


the tenth letter in the Greek alphabet (Κ, κ), a consonant, transliterated as c or k
Word Origin
Greek, of Semitic origin
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Word Origin and History for kappa

tenth letter of the Greek alphabet, from an Aramaized form of qoph; see K.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kappa in Medicine

kappa kap·pa (kāp'ə)

Symbol κ The tenth letter of the Greek alphabet. adj.
Relating to or characterizing a polypeptide chain that is one of two types of light chains present in immunoglobins.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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