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The 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

[Hebrew 'ayin, eye, ayin; see ʕyn in Semitic roots.]


(ˈɑːjɪn; Hebrew ˈajiːn)
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) the 16th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ע), originally a pharyngeal fricative, that is now silent and transliterated by a raised inverted comma (`)


(ˈɑ yɪn, ˈɑ yin)

the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
[1875–80; < Hebrew ‘ayin literally, eye]
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Noun1.ayin - the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabetayin - the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script - a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
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Andre Lemaire, who first published this latter "stray," concluded the unexpected 'ayin marks the long vowel a, usually indicated by h in final position (e.g., dlh, hmdnh), but not found in medial position ("Les formulaires juridiques des tablettes arameennes," in Trois millenaires de formularies juridiques, ed.
[phrase omitted] All turn into 'ayin,' into nought, into non-being.
However, the word bara is generally understood to be used in the Creation account to denote creatio ex nihilo, creating something from nothing (yesh me 'ayin).
El primer grafema (leyendo de derecha a izquierda, el sentido tipico de la escritura alfabetica fenicia a la que los signos pertenecen) es un claro 'ayin. Fue inciso en dos trazos, quedando abierto en su parte superior izquierda y presentando un alargamiento en su parte inferior derecha.