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H (play /ˈ/ or Hiberno-English: /ˈh/; named aitch, plural aitches)[1] is the eighth letter in the basic modern Latin alphabet.

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History

The Semitic letter ‹ח› (ḥêṯ) most likely represented the voiceless glottal fricative (h). The form of the letter probably stood for a fence or posts. The early Greek eta ‹Η› represented /h/, but later on it came to represent a long vowel, /ɛː/. In Modern Greek, this phoneme has merged with /i/, similar to the English development where Middle English /ɛː/ and /eː/ came to be both pronounced /iː/.

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