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hamza

[hahm-zah] /ˈhɑm zɑ/
noun
1.
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
1935-1940
1935-40; < Arabic ḥamzah literally, a squeezing together
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hamza

/ˈhɑːmzɑː; -zə/
noun
1.
the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop
Word Origin
from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression
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