the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the voiced pharyngeal constrictive consonant represented by this letter and cognate with Arabic ‘ain.
Historical Examples

His bosom friend, ayin, makes the sound of a subdued and home-sick calf.
The Nurserymatograph A Lawyer

The universal existence, the En-Sof, consequently is identical with the non-existent (ayin).
History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

the 16th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ע), originally a pharyngeal fricative, that is now silent and transliterated by a raised inverted comma (‘)


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