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Ḥet or H̱et (also spelled KhetKhethChetCheth, .Het, or Heth) is the eighth letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician Ḥēt Phoenician heth.pngHebrew Ḥēth חAramaic Ḥēth Heth.svgSyriac Ḥēṯ ܚ, Arabic Ḥā’ حMaltese Ħ, ħ.

Heth originally represented a voiceless fricative, either pharyngeal /ħ/, or velar /x/. In Arabic, two corresponding letters were created for both phonemic sounds: unmodified ḥāʾ ح represents /ħ/, while ḫāʾ خ represents /x/.

The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek eta ΗEtruscan HLatin H and Cyrillic И. While H is a consonant in the Latin alphabet, the Greek and Cyrillic equivalents represent vowel sounds.

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