Appendix:English terms containing ph not derived from Ancient Greek

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Although the vast majority of English terms containing the ph digraph have etymologic relations to Ancient Greek, some words are actually Latinizations of terms taken from languages other than Ancient Greek.

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Word
Meaning
Etymology
Adolph
Adolpho
Adolphus

Alternative forms of Adolf.
Old High German.
Alphard A particular large orange star. Arabic.
Alpheratz A particular binary star. Arabic.
caliph
kaliph
Politic leader amongst the Muslims. Arabic.
caliphate
kaliphate
A unified Islamic government. Arabic.
camphor A transparent waxy crystalline isoprenoid ketone. Sanskrit.
cipher
cypher
See cipher, cypher. Arabic.
Diphda One of the brightest stars. Arabic.
gopher A type of rodent. French.
harrumph
harumph
  1. Expression of dismissal or disapproval.
  2. Interjection of disbelief or disdain.
  3. To protest, dislike, or dismiss.
onomatopoeia.
hmph Expression of annoyance. onomatopoeia.
hrmph
  1. Interjection of mild annoyance.
  2. Interjection of hesitation.
  3. Sound of clearing one’s throat.
onomatopoeia.
humph Expression of disapproval. Possible onomatopoeia.
Humphrey Male given name. Norman.
Murphy Male given name. Gaelic.
nenuphar A kind of water lily. Sanskrit.
nephew Son of one’s sibling. Latin.
pamphlet A small booklet of informational matter. Latin
phanatic Hypercorrection of fanatic. Corruption of fanatic; Latin.
phanaticism Hypercorrection of fanaticism. phanatic + -ism.
phat excellent Alteration of fat; Old English.
phail See fail. Playful spelling of fail; Latin.
pheer See feer. Old English.
phew vocal gesture of weariness. onomatopoeia.
pheeze See feeze. Kentish.
phfft See pfft. onomatopoeia.
phiph Hypercorrection of fife. Old High German.
phiran A cloak or robe worn in Kashmir. Sanskrit.
phish To send a deceptive e-mail claiming to be legitimate. Alteration of fish; Old English.
phoo Expression of disgust. Possible onomatopoeia.
phoetus
phœtus
Hypercorrection of fetus. Latin.
phony
phoney
Something fraudulent. Possibly Irish.
phooey Expression of contempt. Yiddish.
Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia. Cambodian.
phreak
  1. One who engages in phone phreaking.
  2. To hack a telephone.
Alteration of freak; Old English.
pht
phht
Expressions of annoyance. onomatopoeia.
phuck See fuck. Alteration of fuck; Germanic.
phunky See funky. Alteration of funk + -y; Old English.
phurba Ritual dagger. Asiatic.
phut Imitative sound of the release of exhaust. onomatopoeia.
phwoar
phwoarr
Interjection of sexual desire. onomatopoeia.
prophane Hypercorrection of profane. Latin.
prophaneness Hypercorrection of profaneness. prophane + -ness.
Ralph Alternative form of Ralf. Norse.
Randolph Alternative form of Randolf. Norse.
Rolph Alternative form of Rolf. Old High German.
Rudolph Alternative form of Rudolf. Old High German.
Saiph A particular blue star. Arabic.
sulphate Any ester or salt of sulfuric acid. sulphur with -ate.
sulphur
sulpher
A type of chemical element or a yellowish green colour. Latin.
xeraphim A monetary unit worth three‐fifths of a rupee. Arabic.

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