moon letter

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Calque of Arabic حَرْف قَمَرِيّ(ḥarf qamariyy).

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moon letter (plural moon letters)

  1. (linguistics) One of fourteen Arabic letters that do not affect the pronunciation of the "L" of a preceding definite article (ال-(al--)). The "L" in the Arabic definite article is pronounced "L" when followed by a moon letter: e.g., القُرْآن(al-qurʾān). The fourteen moon letters are: ء(ʾ), ب(b), ج(j), ح(), خ(), ع(ʿ), غ(), ف(f), ق(q), ك(k), م(m), ه(h), و(w), ي(y)

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