from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.
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- n. The tenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
- n. A tool used to read a torah.
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- n. the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Hebrew yôd, of Phoenician origin; see yd in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Proto-Semitic *yad- (“hand”). (Wiktionary)