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[hah] /hɑ/
the 26th letter of the Arabic alphabet, representing a glottal spirant consonant sound.
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Examples from the web for hās
  • As pepper spray has become ubiquitous in this country over the last two decades, it has not raised many eyebrows.
  • Revisiting the beginning after the end has emerged makes sense.
  • But nobody has turned up specific evidence of wrongdoing.
  • Most of the controversy has focused on privacy because the machines can produce graphic images.
  • Moviemaking has been the almost exclusive dominion of large organizations usually driven more by profit than by stories.
  • It has already destroyed citrus production in many parts of the world.
  • Right before you tap the yellow bird, it has some velocity.
  • Booker has brought to his labors here a magical facility with words.
  • Confusion about the nature of the so-called information age has led to a state of collective false consciousness.
  • Despite high prices, crude oil production has stayed basically flat for roughly five years.
British Dictionary definitions for hās


an exclamation expressing derision, triumph, surprise, etc, according to the intonation of the speaker
(reiterated) a representation of the sound of laughter




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Word Origin and History for hās


c.1300, natural expression of surprise, distress, etc.; found in most European languages; in Old English, Greek, Latin, Old French as ha ha. A ha-ha (1712), from French, was "an obstacle interrupting one's way sharply and disagreeably;" so called because it "surprizes ... and makes one cry Ah! Ah!" [Alexander Le Blond, "The Theory and Practice of Gardening," 1712].

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Related Abbreviations for hās


  1. Hausa
  2. hectare
  3. hour angle


  1. headache
  2. Hydrocephalus Association
  3. hyperalimentation
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Encyclopedia Article for hās


a Bantu-speaking people belonging to the Interlacustrine Bantu ethnolinguistic family who live in western Tanzania bordering on Lake Tanganyika. Their country, which they call Buha, comprises grasslands and open woodlands. Agriculture is their primary economic activity. Sorghum, millet, corn (maize), cassava, yams, peanuts (groundnuts), and other crops were cultivated by hoe techniques until efforts were made by the Tanzanian government to introduce plow agriculture. Cattle are raised mostly in the southwestern grasslands of Buha; elsewhere there is less water and problems with tsetse flies. For the Ha, as with a number of peoples of East Africa, cattle are vital as the gifts that help establish social ties at marriage or on other occasions. Goats and other livestock are also raised

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