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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


alt. The first letter of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, and its descendants in descended Semitic scripts, such as Phoenician Aleph (term


n. the 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet

Aleph (disambiguation)

Aleph is the first letter of many Semitic abjads (alphabets).

Aleph or Alef may also refer to:


Aleph is the first letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician 'Ālep , Hebrew 'Ālef , Aramaic Ālap , Syriac ʾĀlap̄ , Arabic , and Persian.

The Phoenician letter is derived from an Egyptian hieroglyph depicting an ox's head and gave rise to the Greek Alpha (Α), being re-interpreted to express not the glottal consonant but the accompanying vowel, and hence the Latin A and Cyrillic А.

In phonetics, aleph originally represented the glottal stop , often transliterated as , based on the Greek spiritus lenis , for example, in the transliteration of the letter name itself, . Even in early use, it occasionally functioned to indicate an initial unstressed vowel before certain consonant clusters, the prosthetic (or prothetic) aleph. In later Semitic languages it could sometimes function as a mater lectionis indicating the presence of a vowel elsewhere (usually long). The period at which use as a mater lectionis began is the subject of some controversy, though it had become well established by the late stage of Old Aramaic (ca. 200 BCE).

Aleph (band)

Aleph is a 1980s Italo disco band, featuring the vocals of Dave Rodgers. The other members of the group were Donato Bellini and Marco Manzi. They achieved a fair amount of success with the single "Fly To Me" in 1985, which reached the Top Ten in several countries. They released two LPs, "Black Out" in 1988 and "Take My Life" in 1989, both originally released on Time Records. The group later released three songs in the late 1990s.

Aleph (psychedelic)

Aleph, DOT, or 2,5-di methoxy-4- methyl thio amphetamine, is a psychedelic hallucinogenic drug and a substituted amphetamine of the phenethylamine class of compounds, which can be used as an entheogen. It was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. In his book PiHKAL (Phenethylamines i Have Known And Loved), Shulgin lists the dosage range as 5–10 mg. According to Shulgin, the effects of aleph typically last for 6 to 8 hours.

It has weak MAO-A inhibition activity with an IC of 5.2 mmol. For reference, amphetamine has an IC of 11 and 4-methylthioamphetamine has a value of 0.2. A lower number indicates a stronger inhibitor.

Aleph (novel)

Aleph is a 2011 novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. It is the fourteenth major book by Coelho, and touches on the theme of spirituality. Aleph was written in Coelho's native language, Portuguese. Under the sentence "Some books are read. Aleph is lived", the book is an autobiographical account written in a novel format. Upon release it became a bestselling novel in Brazil.

Aleph (pianist)

Fady Abi Saad, in Arabic فادي أبي سعد (born June 7, 1980), better known by his stage nameAleph, is a Lebanese pianist, composer, arranger and entrepreneur. He is the owner and Art Director of 8ͤ Art Entertainment.

Usage examples of "aleph".

Rabbi Daniel Solomon, spiritual leader of Beit Am Hadash, which is affiliated with ALEPH, or Jewish Renewal.

At its highest levels of performance, the ALEPH behaved dynamically, as nearly as any of us could tell.

Aleph Beth Ghimel Daleth Hagadah Tephilim Kosher Yom Kippur Hanukah Roschaschana Beni Brith Bar Mitzvah Mazzoth Askenazim Meshuggah Talith.

At that time Aleph and Veth were full, Gimel was in the last quarter, and Daleth and Beth were new.

At that time Aleph and Veth were full, Gimel was in the last quarter, and Daleth and Beth were new.

Gazing up into its smoky flesh, past the madly agitated swarms of aerials that celebrated its passage, past the traceries of lightning, I saw a darker structure in its depths shaped like a great Aleph, the seat of its divinity, and persuading me of its godhood more than anything I saw was the aura of power and invincibility it projected.

Hart reached out for Aleph to join its power to hers, and in doing so felt a rippling surge in the mana flow around her.

About a magical device, the aleph, that knew everything: like the Knowledge.

But some were alive: they spanned out at you seeming to contain all things, like, oracles, like alephs.

The word "atbash," incidentally, derives from the very procedure it denotes, since it is composed of aleph, taw, beth, and shin—the first, last, second, and next-to-last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Por increíble que parezca, yo creo que hay (o que hubo) otro Aleph, yo creo que el Aleph de la calle Garay era un falso Aleph.

En El Zahir y El Aleph creo notar algún influjo del cuento The Crystal Egg (1899) de Wells.

In the company as a whole (excuse me, the "strike force"), we had twenty replacements for the nineteen people we lost from the Aleph raid: one amputation, four deaders, fourteen psychotics.

Except that you have to allow for repetitions, because the name of God could be aleph repeated twenty-seven times, in which case factor analysis is of no use: with repetitions you'd have to take twenty-seven to the twenty-seventh power, which is, I believe, something like four hundred forty-four billion billion billion billion.

This, then, is Cantor's Paradise: an entirely new number system of alephs, of infinities beyond measure, never-ending - in a very strong sense of `never'.