The Letter B Once Had A Much Longer NameThe letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago in 1000 BCE. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked a little different, but it made the sound of b and was second in the alphabet. The shape of the letter resembled the floor plan of a house, and the word beth meant “house.” This is pictured below. In Hebrew, the letter was called beth, bet, or bayt which also …
Origin of B particle
First recorded in 1965–70
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Science definitions for b particle
Either of two subatomic particles in the meson family, one neutral and one positively charged, both of which have masses 10,331 times that of an electron and average lifetimes of 1.6 X 10-12 seconds. B particles contain bottom quarks. See Table at subatomic particle.
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