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  1. the 20th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. the consonant sound represented by this letter.
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Origin of resh

1895–1900; < Hebrew rēsh, akin to rōsh head
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Examples from the Web for resh

Historical Examples of resh

  • The mistake doubtless arose from the fact that the copyists mistook the Hebrew letter 'resh' for a Hebrew letter 'daleth'.

    The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela

    Benjamin of Tudela

  • The Jewish chief priest may be said to be the successor of the exilarch or resh galutha of the earlier period.

  • The ceremony of the inauguration of a Resh Galutha was henceforth more impressive than ever.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History

    Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris

  • The daleth meaning four would easily be misread for resh meaning 200.

British Dictionary definitions for resh


  1. the 20th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ר), transliterated as r
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Word Origin for resh

from Hebrew, from rōsh head
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