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ayin

[ah-yin; Sephardic Hebrew ah-yeen] /ˈɑ yɪn; Sephardic Hebrew ˈɑ yin/
noun
1.
the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
2.
the voiced pharyngeal constrictive consonant represented by this letter and cognate with Arabic 'ain.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Hebrew ʿayin literally, eye
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ayin

/ˈɑːjɪn; Hebrew ˈajiːn/
noun
1.
the 16th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ע), originally a pharyngeal fricative, that is now silent and transliterated by a raised inverted comma (')
Word Origin
Hebrew
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