[ah-yin; Sephardic Hebrew ah-yeen]
- the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
- 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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- 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 for ayin
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