Definitions

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  • n. In Arabic script, the vowel point for "u", appearing as a small curl placed above a letter ـُ and designating a short /u/. If the Arabic letter و (wāw) immediately follows, it indicates a long /ū/.

Etymologies

From Arabic ضمة‎‎ (ḍámma) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The long vowel form of damma is obtained by attaching a waaw to the consonant with the damma.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • Double damma: tanwiin with damma creates the "oun" sound.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • Just as the ` alif elongates the fatHa and the waaw elongates the damma, the yaa 'elongates the kasra.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • For complete coverage of Arabic vowels (damma, fatHa, and kasra), check out Chapter 1.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • In English transcription, which I use in this book, it's simply represented by the letter "a," as in the words kalb (kah-leb; dog) or walad (wah-lahd; boy). damma: The second main Arabic vowel is the damma (dah-mah).

    Arabic for Dummies

  • For example, the dominant vowel in yaktubu is a damma (dah-mah; "ooh" sound).

    Arabic for Dummies

  • For example, kouratoun (koo-rah-toon; ball) contains a double damma.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • Arabic Vowel Characters Explanation To create a long vowel form of a fatHa To create a long vowel form of a damma To create a long vowel form of a kasra Diphthongs Diphthongs in Arabic are a special category of vowels because, in essence, they're monosyllabic sounds that begin with one vowel and "glide" into another vowel.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • The damma [Arabic vowel] in [Arabic] is never pronounced by the Arabians, who say Amr Ibn el Las, ([Arabic]) and not Amrou

    Travels in Arabia

  • Ibn el Las, placing the damma [Arabic vowel] merely to distinguish the word from [Arabic] Omar.

    Travels in Arabia

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