Nun (letter)

Phonemic representationn
Position in alphabet14
Numerical value50
Alphabetic derivatives of the Phoenician

Nun is the fourteenth letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician Nūn Phoenician nun.svg, Hebrew Nun נ, Aramaic Nun Nun.svg, Syriac Nūn ܢܢ, and Arabic Nūn ن (in abjadi order). It is the third letter in Thaana (ނ), pronounced as "nonou".
Its sound value is [n].

The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek nu (Ν), Etruscan N, Latin N, and Cyrillic Н.


Nun is believed to be derived from an Egyptian hieroglyph of a snake (the Hebrew word for snake, nachash begins with a Nun and snake in Aramaic is nun) or eel. Some have hypothesized a hieroglyph of fish in water as its origin (in Arabic, nūn means large fish or whale). The Phoenician letter was named nūn "fish", but the glyph has been suggested to descend from a hypothetical Proto-Canaanite naḥš "snake", based on the name in Ethiopic, ultimately from a hieroglyph representing a snake,


(see Middle Bronze Age alphabets). Naḥs in modern Arabic literally means "bad luck". The cognate letter in Ge'ez and descended Semitic languages of Ethiopia is nehas, which also means "brass".

Other Languages
brezhoneg: Nun
català: Nun (lletra)
Cebuano: Nun
euskara: Nun (hizkia)
فارسی: ن
Bahasa Indonesia: Nun (huruf Ibrani)
italiano: Nun (lettera)
македонски: Нун (буква)
polski: Nun (litera)
português: Nun (letra)
Tagalog: Nun
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ن
中文: Nun