See also: שׂ, ש־, ш, Ш, and

ש U+05E9, ש
HEBREW LETTER SHIN
ר
[U+05E8]
Hebrew ת
[U+05EA]

Hebrew

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A shin rendered in two different fonts.

Etymology 1

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From Proto-Semitic *šinn- (tooth), the source of שן. The association of "tooth" with this letter was the result of folk etymology and based on the corresponding Phoenician letter, 𐤔 (š), having a shape resembling a tooth. The letter originally depicted a composite bow, which usually has the tips curving away from the archer when unstrung.[1][2]

Related to Classical Syriac ܫ, Arabic ش (š), Phoenician 𐤔 (š), Aramaic ܫ. More at Shin.

Pronunciation

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  • Audio:(file)
  • Homophone: ס

Letter

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ש (sh, s)

  1. Shin or sin: the twenty-first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, after ר and before ת.
    שׁ is shin (with the shin dot above the right-hand side of the letter), representing /ʃ/
    שׂ is sin (with the sin dot above the left-hand side of the letter), representing /s/
  2. The numeral 300 in Hebrew numbering.

Coordinate terms

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References

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  1. ^ shin”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
  2. ^ Albright, W. F. (1948). "The Early Alphabetic Inscriptions from Sinai and their Decipherment". Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. 110 (110): 6–22 [p. 15].

Etymology 2

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Interjection

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שָׁ (sha)

  1. Sh! Hush! Shush!

Synonyms

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