hamza

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic هَمْزَة(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 diacritically over or under other letters, e.g. أ(ʾ)‎ (over an alif - ا‎‎), إ(ʾ)‎ (under an alif), ؤ(ʾ)‎ (over a wāw - و(w)‎) or ئ(ʾ)‎ (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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