arif

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Crimean Tatar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic حرف (ħarf), via Persian حرف (harf). The loss of the initial /ḥ/ (in the Arabic word) or /h/ (in the Persian) is because these sounds have no close analogue in Crimean Tatar (the latter's /ɦ/ being too "soft"). The epenthetic introduction of the /i/ is because Crimean Tatar does not allow the word-final consonant cluster /rf/.

Noun[edit]

arif

  1. letter (of the alphabet), character (see definition Nr. 2 there)