sun letter

noun

Definition of sun letter

: an Arabic consonant to which the l of the preceding definite article al is assimilated in pronunciation

called also solar letter

opposed to moon letter

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History and Etymology for sun letter

translation of Arabic alḥurūf ashshamsīya; from the fact that the l of the Arabic definite article al is assimilated to the initial sh of shams sun, used as a type word

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“Sun letter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sun%20letter. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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