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[kahf, kawf]
  1. kaph.
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or caph

[kahf, kawf]
  1. the eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. the consonant sound represented by this letter.
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Origin of kaph

1875–80; < Hebrew: literally, palm (of the hand), sole (of the foot)
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Examples from the Web for caph

Historical Examples

  • Caph (kaf), β Cassiopeiæ, "the camel's hump," or "the hand."

    A Field Book of the Stars

    William Tyler Olcott

  • Beta, the leader of all the stars in the W in their daily westward motion, is also known by an Arabic name, Caph.

    Astronomy for Young Folks

    Isabel Martin Lewis

  • Caph, Cap, and Cephas, signify a rock; and also any promontory or headland.

British Dictionary definitions for caph


  1. the 11th letter of the Hebrew alphabet (כ or, at the end of a word, ך) transliterated as k or, when final, kh
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Word Origin

Hebrew, literally: palm of the hand
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