mater lectionis

noun ma·ter lec·ti·o·nis \¦mätə(r)ˌlektēˈōnə̇s\

Definition of mater lectionis

plural

matres lectionis

\ˈmä‧ˌtrāˌsl-\
  1. :  the alphabetic signs א (\ʔ\), ה (\h\), ו (\w\), and י (\y\) in Hebrew which assist in indicating the vocalization in an originally consonantal writing system

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Origin and Etymology of mater lectionis

New Latin, literally, mother of reading; from its function of enabling a person reading aloud to give an accurate rendition of a written word


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