HEI

Hei is the fifth letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician Hē Phoenician he.svgHebrew Hē הAramaic Hē He0.svgSyriac Hē ܗ, and Arabic Hāʾ ه. Its sound value is a voiceless glottal fricative ([h]).

The proto-Canaanite letter gave rise to the Greek EpsilonEtruscan E ?, Latin EË and Ɛ, and Cyrillic ЕЁЄ and ЭHe, like all Phoenician letters, represented a consonant, but the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic equivalents have all come to represent vowel sounds.

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