ו

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ו U+05D5, ו
HEBREW LETTER VAV
ה
[U+05D4]
Hebrew ז
[U+05D6]

Hebrew[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Letter[edit]

ו (v or w)

  1. Vav, waw: the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, after ⁧ה⁩ and before ⁧ז⁩.
  2. The numeral 6 in Hebrew numbering.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The letter ⁧ו⁩ represents a consonant phoneme that, depending on the form of Hebrew, is pronounced either [v] (like the <v> in the English word vine) or [w] (like the <w> in the English word wine). Most modern-day forms of Hebrew, including Modern Israeli Hebrew, use the [v] pronunciation; but some, such as the traditional pronunciation of Yemenite Jewish communities, use [w], and it's commonly believed that Classical Hebrew used [w] as well. Additionally, Modern Israeli Hebrew has acquired a separate /w/ phoneme in various loanwords and proper nouns (mostly from Arabic and English); this phoneme is commonly written ⁧וו⁩ or ⁧ו⁩.
  • The letter ⁧ו⁩ is also used as a vowel letter (mater lectionis) representing the vowels /o/ and /u/. In writing with vowel markings, the former is written as ⁧וֹ⁩, the latter as ⁧וּ⁩. However, neither /o/ nor /u/ is always indicated with a letter, especially in traditional spelling. (In Modern Israeli spelling, they are often indicated even where traditional spelling did not indicate them.)
  • In Modern Israeli spelling, ⁧ו⁩ as a consonant is sometimes doubled within certain words, even when pronounced [v], to avoid confusion with ⁧ו⁩ as a vowel.
  • For information about ⁧ו⁩ as a conjunction meaning roughly “and”, see ⁧ו־⁩.
  • For information about ⁧ו⁩ as an ending meaning roughly “his” or “him”, which is one form of the third-person masculine singular personal pronoun, see ⁧־וֹ⁩.
  • For information about ⁧ו⁩ as an ending in third-person plural past and future tense forms, see Appendix:Hebrew verbs.

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