hamza

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic همزة (hamza)

Noun[edit]

hamza (plural hamzas)

  1. A sign (ء (ʾ)‎ - a stand-alone hamza) used in the written Arabic language representing a glottal stop. Hamza may appear as a stand-alone letter or most commonly over or under other letters, e.g. أ‎‎ (over an alif - ا‎), إ‎ (ʾi‎)‎ (under an alif), ؤ‎‎‎ (over a wāw - و (w)‎) or ئ‎‎‎‎ (over a dotless yāʾ - ى‎). The exact seat of hamza is governed by an orthographic rule - "seat of hamza rule".

Usage notes[edit]

  • Sometimes transliterated as an apostrophe.

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