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The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
- ‘Similarly, it is customary to write Yehudah with an aleph rather than a final hey, lest one accidentally leave out the letter dalet and write the Tetragrammaton.’
- ‘So God compensates him by making the aleph the first letter of the word for God.’
- ‘Lamentations 3 is an acrostic on the Hebrew alphabet, each letter given three lines: three alephs, three beths, three gimmels, and so on.’
- ‘In another classic instance of more-is-less, Prior, who was jolted by a sudden vision of a neon aleph in Part I, is now shown the better part of the Hebrew alphabet.’
- ‘In Hebrew, Adam is spelled using the same letters as the word me'od ‘- mem, aleph, daled - but in different sequence: aleph, daled, mem.’’
Middle English: from Hebrew 'ālep̱, literally ox (the character in Phoenician and ancient Hebrew possibly being derived from a hieroglyph of an ox's head).
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