okina

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o·ki·na

or 'o·ki·na  (ō-kē′nə)
n.
1. The glottal stop used in the Hawaiian language.
2. The symbol (') used in writing to represent this glottal stop.

[Hawaiian 'okina, separator : 'oki, to cut off (from Proto-Polynesian koti) + -na, noun suff.]
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Hawaiian has only 13 letters: the five vowels and eight consonants (h, k, I, m, n, p, w and the 'okina, or glottal stop).