vowel point

vowel point

noun
any of a group of auxiliary symbols, as small lines and dots, placed above or below consonant symbols to indicate vowels in a writing system, as that of hebrew or Arabic, in which vowels are otherwise not written.

Origin:
1755–65

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vowel point
 
n
any of several marks or points placed above or below consonants, esp those evolved for Hebrew or Arabic, in order to indicate vowel sounds

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