The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek Mu (Μ), Etruscan , Latin M , and Cyrillic М .
* 1 Origins
* 3 Hebrew Mem
* 3.1 Hebrew pronunciation * 3.2 Variations on written form/pronunciation * 3.3 Significance * 3.4 Mem and Tarot
* 4 Character encodings * 5 See also * 6 External links
Mem is believed to derive from the Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for water ,
which had been simplified by the Phoenicians and named after their word for “water”, mem ( ), ultimately coming from Proto-Semitic *maʾ-/*may-.
The letter is named mīm, and is written in several ways depending on its position in the word:
POSITION IN WORD: ISOLATED FINAL MEDIAL INITIAL
GLYPH FORM: م ـم ـمـ مـ
Some examples on its uses in
Modern Standard Arabic
Mīm is used in the creation of ism words (i.e. nouns and adjectives ; they are treated fundamentally the same in Arabic grammar ). Specifically