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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Origin and Etymology of 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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