moon letter

noun

Definition of moon letter 

: an Arabic consonant to which the l of a preceding definite article al is not assimilated in pronunciation

called also lunar letter

opposed to sun letter

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History and Etymology for moon letter

translation of Arabic alhurūf alqamarīyah; from the fact that the l of the Arabic definite article al is not assimilated to the initial q of qamar moon, used as a type word

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