Chet ( חית) is the eighth letter in the Hebrew alphabet . It has the numerical value 8. In ancient Hebrew, Chet denoted a voiceless pharyngeal fricative and is sometimes still pronounced that way by Israelis of oriental origin. The sound does not exist in German. In the standard pronunciation of modern Hebrew , the sound (under Yiddish and Jewish-Spanish influence) coincides with the fricative, which is written as kaph , because it continues the post-vowel pronunciation of / k / in ancient Hebrew. This is spoken as a voiceless guttural sound deep in the throat, similar to the “ch” in the word “Koch” (ie as a voiceless uvular fricative ).
In the Greek alphabet it was the vowel Eta , in Latin the consonant H .
The academic transliteration of Chet is “ ḥ ” (“h” with period below).
- חַוָּהḤavah 'the animated' ( Eve ) from the root חוה ,Life'
- חַנָּהḤanah ( Hannah , Anna ) fromחֵן ḥen 'grace'
- חֲבַקּוּקḤawakuk ( Habakuk ), biblical prophet
|Unicode codepoint||U + 05D7|
|Unicode name||HEBREW LETTER HET|
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