[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.
Why are zero and the letter “O” both circles? The answer involves both science and mysticism
Long, long ago, typewriters made no distinction between the number 0 and the letter O. While the two share the same shape, the origin of both number and letter are quite different. Let’s look at the distinct astrological and optical inspirations that created these seemingly identical symbols. Derived from the Semitic letter ayin and inspired by the circular eye-shaped Egyptian hieroglyph for “eye,” the letter O …
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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