hamza(redirected from Alif hamza)
ham·zaalso ham·zah (hăm′zə, häm′zä)
A sign in Arabic orthography used to represent the sound of a glottal stop, transliterated in English as an apostrophe.
hamza(ˈhɑːmzɑː; -zə) or
(Phonetics & Phonology) the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop
[from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression]
n., pl. -zas.
a sign used in Arabic writing to represent a glottal stop, usu. shown in English transliterations as an apostrophe.
[1935–40; < Arabic hamzah literally, a squeezing together]