- (used before vowels) ἀν- (an-)
- The alpha privativum, used to make words that have a sense opposite to the word (or stem) to which the prefix is attached. It is also known as privative a and alpha privative.
- The alpha copulativum, used to express unity; e.g. in α- δελφός "brother" literally "from the same womb". Also known as copulative a and a athroistikon.
- The alpha intensivum, used to strengthen the force of compounds.
- The alpha euphonicum, used to soften pronunciation before two consonants.
- Robert S. P. Beekes (2009) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Brill Academic Publishers), volume 1, page 1
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