Old English, from Medieval Latin, representing Greek abbreviation of IHSOUS “Jesus,” in which -H- is the capital of the Greek vowel eta. The Roman form would be I.E.S. Mistaken for a Latin contraction in the Middle Ages, after its Greek origin was forgotten, and sometimes treated as short for Iesus Hominum Salvator “Jesus Savior of Men.” Alternative version I.H.C. (terminal -s- often written in later Greek with a character resembling -c-) is found on vestments from 950 C.E., and may be the source of the H. in slang Jesus H. Christ.
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[pahy] /paɪ/ noun, plural pis. 1. the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, π). 2. the consonant sound represented by this letter. 3. Mathematics. /paɪ/ noun (pl) pis 1. the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet (Π, π), a consonant, transliterated as p 2. (maths) a transcendental number, fundamental to mathematics, that is the […]
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