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ayin

[ ah-yin; Sephardic Hebrew ah-yeen ]
/ ˈɑ yɪn; Sephardic Hebrew ˈɑ yin /
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noun
the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the voiced pharyngeal constrictive consonant represented by this letter and cognate with Arabic 'ain.
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Origin of ayin

First recorded in 1875–80, ayin is from the Hebrew word ʿayin literally, eye
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British Dictionary definitions for ayin

ayin
/ (ˈɑːjɪn, Hebrew ˈajiːn) /

noun
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

Hebrew
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