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Acceptable ways to write it: haa (ha)

The letter haa (𐤄) or H/h is the fifth letter in the Afroasiatic language known as Paleo-Hebrew (Ābarayat). The letter has been equated with the letter E and the letter H in the English language. However, the letter E, in the beginning, held the same sound that the letter H currently holds. Nonetheless, the letters hold different pronunciations, and H is more commonly used in the place of some words when translated into phonetic spelling.

The Paleo-Hebrew language or the original language of the Ābarayam is one spoken with an emphasis on the rauakh (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, Yiddish Hebrew, Greek, and much more.

Letter Meanings

𐤄 (h) – halook, behold, the, reveal, breath, life, man
Prefixthe, this
Suffixto, toward, in the direction of, -ward, her, feminine form, it

Based on the meaning of the letters the word could be defined as:

  • “behold a…”
  • “reveal a…”
  • “breath of…”
  • “man of…”
  • “look a…”

Definitions for 𐤄 / h


look, behold, the, reveal, breath, life, man

EnglishH hh/ˈeɪtʃ/

the eighth letter and the sixth consonant of the modern English alphabet.


jubilation, window


him, the retract (invisible), souvenir

GreekΕ εh[h]

the fifth letter of the Greek alpha-beta

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History of Meaning

The pictograph of the word is of a man with his arms outstretched. The raised arms show praise as they point towards the sky, saying “look at that”. The word means “behold” like when you look at a great sight. This word also means “breath” or “sigh” as one does when looking at a great sight. This letter is a consonant, with an “h” sound, but also used as a vowel with the “ah” sound. This letter is commonly used as a prefix to words to mean “the” as in HaSham, HaShathan, or HaMashayakh.

History of the Letter E

The letter E was introduced in 1779 BCE (2146 ). The letter was pronounced like an “h” in Semitic and resembled a stick with two arms and a leg meant to signify a human form. The Greeks flipped it around in 700 BC and changed the sound to “ee.”

The sound represented by the letter was a mid-front vowel corresponding to the sound a makes in the word take. The latter sound was a diphthong, where e represented an unmixed vowel sound, such as that heard in French tête or été.

In English, an extensive change took place in the sound of the long vowel during and after the later Middle English period (probably between the 13th and 17th centuries). Just as the sound represented by the letter “a” moved forward until it was the same as what formerly represented “e”, so the letter “e” encroached upon the territory of the sound of “i.”

History of the Letter H

The letter H was introduced in 1066 CE (4991 ). It’s one of the most controversial letters in the English language. The breathy sound associated with the letter made academics argue that the letter was unnecessary — and many Latin and British scholars began dropping the “H” in 500 CE. Despite the controversy, “H” secured a spot in our alphabet.

In the alphabets used to write Greek, the letter became superfluous as a result of the disappearance of the aspirate which it represented in that dialect. It was accordingly put to new use to indicate the open long e which had arisen through the alteration of the primitive Greek long a.

In English, the initial h is pronounced in words of Germanic origin (e.g., hunt, hook); in some words of Romance origin, the h remains unpronounced (e.g., heir, honor), but in others, it has been restored (e.g., humble, humor). The initial h often disappears in unaccented syllables (e.g., “What did he say?”).

Definitions for 𐤄𐤉 / hay

When adding the 𐤉 (yad) to the end of a word, it creates a possessive of the original word. It can either signify “my…” or identify a member of a nation. For example, 𐤏𐤁𐤓 (Ābar) is the progenitor, but 𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤉 (Ābaray) is the singular descendant of him also known as a Hebrew.


lamentation, wailing, woe


the act of lamenting or expressing grief.


lamentation, wailing


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Definitions for 𐤄𐤉𐤌 / hayam

When adding the 𐤌 (mayam) after the 𐤉 (yad) to the end of a word, it creates a plural of the original word. It can identify multiple members of a nation. For example, 𐤏𐤁𐤓 (Ābar) is the progenitor, but 𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤉𐤌 (Ābarayam) are the plural descendants of him also known as Hebrews.


lamentations, wailings, woes;
the sea, The Yam, The Sea-god, Poseidon


a book of the Old Testament, traditionally ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem;
a musical setting of these poems


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Definitions for 𐤄𐤉𐤕 / hayat

When adding the (tau) after the 𐤉 (yad) to the end of a word, it creates a plural of the original word. It identifies the language or a sign of a nation’s existence. For example, 𐤏𐤁𐤓 (Ābar) is the progenitor, but 𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤉𐤕 (Ābarayat) is the language of him also known as Paleo-Hebrew language.




a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs.


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You can continue your studies of the words by viewing Strong’s entries for:

  • Arauakah Ābarayat #1292
  • Strong’s Hebrew #
  • Strong’s Greek Concordance #

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