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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet (#722), representing the older Phenician letter which gave name and form to the Greek A, α%148λφα. See a.

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  • noun The first letter of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, and its descendants in descended Semitic scripts as Phoenician Aleph 𐤀 (ʾ, "aleph"), Aramaic 𐡀, Syriac ܐ ("'ālaph"), Hebrew א ("aleph") and Arabic ا (ʾ, "ʾálif").

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  • noun the 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hebrew ’ālep, of Phoenician origin; see ℵlp in Semitic roots.]

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Hebrew אלף (álef), with a Hellenized ph spelling due to influence from alpha.

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