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nikkud

[nee-kood] /niˈkud/
noun, plural nikkudim
[nee-koo-deem] /ˌni kuˈdim/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of the combinations of dots and lines sometimes placed above or below Hebrew consonant symbols to indicate the pronunciation of vowels accompanying and usually following the consonants; vowel point.
Origin
< Hebrew niqqūdh pointing, vowelling
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