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or yodh

[yoo d; Hebrew yawd]
  1. the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. any of the sounds represented by this letter.
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Origin of yod

1725–35; < Hebrew yōdh, akin to yādh hand
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Examples from the Web for yod

Historical Examples

  • But the explanation of the Yod is to be fetched from Eccles.

    The Mosaic History of the Creation of the World

    Thomas Wood

  • In these inscriptions the Yod (iota) is represented by a simple point.

  • Do yo reckon, Capn, yod let me pilot the Restless out o this harbor and some o the way down the bay?

  • Noah replied, “I can only send one of the two birds whose first letter is either Ain or Yod.”

  • But yod better take him back with you when you go, Miss Ruth, He needs somebody to take care of himsho do!

British Dictionary definitions for yod



  1. the tenth letter in the Hebrew alphabet (י), transliterated as y
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Word Origin

C18: from Hebrew, literally: hand
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Word Origin and History for yod

10th and smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

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