Dalat (𐤃)

Acceptable ways to write it: dalat, dlt, dalt, dalath, dalth, dlth

The letter dalat (𐤃) is the fourth letter in the Afroasiatic language known as Paleo-Hebrew. The letter has been equated with the letter D in the English language. The dalat (𐤃) is one of the few letters that have a consistent association from both Paleo-Hebrew and Modern Hebrew. The letter is based on a glyph of the Middle Bronze Age alphabets, probably called dalt “door” (door in Modern Hebrew is delet).

The Paleo-Hebrew language or Original Ābarayam language is one spoken with an emphasis on the rauach (breath, wind, spirit). With the language of the Ābarayam, each letter has a meaning and a number associated with it that adds meaning to each word they’re used with. Below you will be able to learn more about the letter in Ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and much more. However, you can read more about the Paleo-Hebrew alaph-bayt on Wikipedia.

paleo-hebrew dalat
Ābarayt
Paleo-Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew
English
Masoretic Hebrew
Askenazi Hebrew
Israeli Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
Arabic
Aramaic
Syriac (Aramaic)
Greek
Latin
Cyrillic
South Arabian
Ge'ez
Letter
𐤃
D d
ד
د
ܕ
Δ δ
D d
Д д
ደ ዳ
Transliteration
dalat
d
dalet
dal
dalath
dalat
delta
D
De
Pronunciation
da-lat
d
da-let
Dāl
Dālath
Dālaṯ
délta
d
de
Number
4
N/A
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
Definition
Tent door, pathway, move, hang, entry
door
Direction, Tend towards

History of the Meaning

The entrance of the Ābarayam’s tent was covered by a curtain suspended from a horizontal pole. The pictograph of dalat represents the “door” of the tent. Also, it can mean “a back and forth movement” as one goes back and forth through the tent through the door. It can mean “dangle” as the tent door dangled down from a roof pole of the tent. It can also mean weak or poor as one who dangles the head down.

History of the letter D

The letter D was introduced in 800 BCE (3125 AM). The Greeks adopted it and renamed it “delta.” The Romans later added serifs and varied the thickness of the lines, softening one side into a semicircle.

The etymological value of d in words of native English origin is generally the same as that of German t (th), Sanskrit dh, Greek θ, Latin f (initial) or d or b (medial), all being derived from dh in the parent Indo-European speech. In some other instances, d is derived from Indo-European t when the d originally resulting from the t has been subsequently altered by the change familiarly known as Verner’s law. The occurrence of this change depended on the place of the Indo-European accent.

The Semitic letter Dāleth may have developed from the logogram for a fish or a door. There are many different Egyptian hieroglyphs that might have inspired this. In Semitic, Ancient Greek, and Latin, the letter represented /d/; in the Etruscan alphabet, the letter was superfluous but still retained (see letter B). The equivalent Greek letter is Delta, Δ.

The minuscule (lower-case) form of ‘d’ consists of a loop and a tall vertical stroke. It developed by gradual variations on the majuscule (capital) form. In handwriting, it was common to start the arc to the left of the vertical stroke, resulting in a serif at the top of the arc. This serif was extended while the rest of the letter was reduced, resulting in an angled stroke and loop. The angled stroke slowly developed into a vertical stroke.