hamza

hamza

[hahm-zah]
noun
the sign used in Arabic writing to represent the glottal stop, usually written above another letter and shown in English transliterations as an apostrophe.

Origin:
1935–40; < Arabic ḥamzah literally, a squeezing together

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hamza or hamzah (ˈhɑːmzɑː, -zə, ˈhɑːmzɑː, -zə)
 
n
the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop
 
[from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression]
 
hamzah or hamzah
 
n
 
[from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression]

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