the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the glottal stop consonant or, alternatively, long vowel represented by this letter.
Contemporary Examples

Daneri is using the aleph to write a terrible poem that minutely and pointlessly describes everything on earth.
Is Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’ Our Generation’s ‘1984’? Stefan Beck October 1, 2013

Historical Examples

Commonly referred to under the symbol , the Hebrew letter, aleph.
Lectures on Bible Revision Samuel Newth

Each short clause begins with aleph; each makes the same fervid resolve.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1 A. Maclaren

The first begins with aleph, the second with Beth, and so on, the second verse of each pair not being counted in the scheme.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1 A. Maclaren

the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet (א) articulated as a glottal stop and transliterated with a superior comma (`)

Hebrew and Phoenician letter, c.1300, from Semitic languages, pausal form of eleph “ox” (the character might have developed from a hieroglyph of an ox’s head); also see alphabet.

1. A Language Encouraging Program Hierarchy.
2. A system for formal semantics written by Peter Henderson ca. 1970.
[CACM 15(11):967-973 (Nov 1972)].

text, language
[“Aleph: A language for typesetting”, Luigi Semenzato and Edward Wang in Proceedings of Electronic Publishing, 1992 Ed. Vanoirbeek & Coray Cambridge University Press 1992].


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