Etymology: From the first four letters of the Arabic alphabet, a-b-j-d: (ARchar, ) ("íbjad). Cf. Greek ,,,...
- (linguistics) A syllabary-like writing system in which there is one glyph per consonantal phoneme. Some languages that use abjads are Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Urdu. Abjads differ from syllabaries (such as the Japanese hiragana) in that the vowel quality of each letter is left unspecified, and must be inferred from context and grammar.
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