moon letter

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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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