ב • (beth)
ב • (b, v)
- Bet, beth, vet: the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, between א and ג.
- The numeral 2 in Hebrew numbering.
- The letter ב represents what are now the phonemes /b/ and /v/. In Modern Israeli Hebrew, these phonemes are pronounced [b] and [v], respectively (like the <b> and <v> in English bet and vet). At some point in the past, these phonemes are commonly believed to have been a single phoneme /b/, with allophones [b] and perhaps [v] or [β] (where [β] is the voiced bilabial fricative, intermediate between the voiced bilabial plosive [b] and the voiced labiodental fricative [v]). The [b] allophone was found word-initially, after consonants, and when geminated. In Modern Israeli Hebrew, however, the phoneme /b/ can also occur in other contexts, especially in loanwords.
- In writing with nikud (vowel markings and related diacritics), the letter ב takes a dagesh (בּ) when representing /b/.
- For information about ב as a preposition meaning roughly "in" or "with", see ב־ (b'-).
- (Hebrew script letters) א, ב, ג, ד, ה, ו, ז, ח, ט, י, כך, ל, מם, נן, ס, ע, פף, צץ, ק, ר, ש, ת