[ ab-jad ]

  1. a system of writing, as in Hebrew and Arabic scripts, in which each symbol represents a consonantal sound, with few or no vowels being represented in the basic characters.: See also abugida.

Origin of abjad

From Arabic ʾa(lif), b(āʾ), j(īm), d(āl), the first four letters of the Arabic script in its historical order; coined by U.S. linguist Peter T. Daniels (born 1951) in Fundamentals of Grammatology (1990); see also abugida

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