from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.
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- n. The eighth letter of many Semitic alphabets (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The eighth letter () of the Hebrew alphabet, corresponding in sound to the Scotch ch in loch. Its numerical value is 8.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Schliefer's analysis is speculative but intriguing, for he notes on page 2 that the letter "heth" (ח) of the word "grace" (חן = chen) introduces an "h," and he suggests that a quote from Hackluyt supplied by Melville shortly prior to the erroneous "grace" offers a clue that the 'error' is intentional:
Ableitung aus einem *malit, vgl. heth. melit, luw. mallit-, wobei das Suffix noch unklar ist: Dat-Lok.
It heth ane handsome church, with many ancient monuments and inscriptions on the old, interments of the Earles of this place.
He heth there, near to the church, a very considerable great house, called the Castle of Douglas; and near the church is a fyne village called the town of Douglass, long since erected in a burgh of baronie.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience heth shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer [without effective and peaceful means of real change] while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Hack an axe, hook an oxe, hath an an, heth hith ences.
In order to help with your baHth (bah-heth; search), you should be familiar with the verbs baHatha (bah-hah-thah; searched) and yabHathu (yab-hah-thoo; searching).
Et si quando nationis alterius quis ad legem conuertitur Sarracenorum, dum a flamine eorum recipiendus est, dicit et facit eum Dei nuncium, et repetit sic: Lællech ella alla Mahomet zoyzel alla heth: quod valet tantum: Non est Deus nisi vnus, et Mahomet fuit eius nuncius.
To Muslims the Sahhada hh=the letter heth is similar to what the Shema is to us.
Et si quando nationis alterius quis ad legem conuertitur Sarracenorum, dum a flamine eorum recipiendus est, dicit et facit eum Dei nuncium, et repetit sic: L鎙lech ella alla Mahomet zoyzel alla heth: quod valet tantum: Non est Deus nisi vnus, et Mahomet fuit eius nuncius.
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