aleph

[ah-lif; Hebrew ah-lef]

Origin of aleph

1250–1300; Middle English < Hebrew āleph, akin to eleph ox
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aleph

noun
  1. the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet (א) articulated as a glottal stop and transliterated with a superior comma (`)

Word Origin for aleph

Hebrew: ox
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Word Origin and History for aleph
n.

Hebrew and Phoenician letter, c.1300, from Semitic languages, pausal form of eleph "ox" (the character might have developed from a hieroglyph of an ox's head); also see alphabet.

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