See also: שׂ‎, ש־, and ш
Hebrew letter shin freefonts.svg
ש U+05E9, ש
HEBREW LETTER SHIN
ר
[U+05E8]
Hebrew ת
[U+05EA]

HebrewEdit

 
A shin rendered in two different fonts.

EtymologyEdit

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 row of pointed teeth. 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.

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

ש (s, sh)

  1. Shin, 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 termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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].