Kaph (כף) or Kaf is the eleventh letter in the Hebrew alphabet . It has the numerical value 20.
In modern Iwrit , Kaph is pronounced at the beginning of the syllable after the consonant and at the beginning of the word as [k] (in dotted notation with a dot ( Dagesch ) in the middle of the letter), in all other cases as [x], similar to the German ch in Bach .
If the letter is at the end of a word, it is spelled differently as the final letter. This notation is sometimes used for the number value 500. The upper right corner of the Kaph finale can be pointed or round; in contrast to the minimal pair ר : ד , the grapheme is underspecified in this regard. The same applies to the letter He .
The word kaph means "palm". The old pictorial character originally stood for an open hand. The Greek Kappa and subsequently the Latin K are derived from the Hebrew Kaph .
- כינרת kinneret: Sea of Galilee (from כינור kinor in the biblical meaning "harp")
- שְׁכֶם schchem: Shechem
|Unicode codepoint||U + 05db||U + 05da|
|Unicode name||HEBREW LETTER KAF||HEBREW LETTER FINAL KAF|
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