Meaning of B in English

B

is the second letter of the english alphabet. (·see guide to pronunciation, // 196, 220.) it is etymologically related to p, v, f, w and m , letters representing sounds having a close organic affinity to its own sound; as in ·eng. bursar and purser; ·eng. bear and ·lat. ferre; ·eng. silver and ·ger. silber; ·lat. cubitum and it. gomito; ·eng. seven, ·as seofon, ·ger. sieben, ·lat. septem, ·gr. 'epta', ·skr. saptan. the form of letter b is roman, from greek b (beta), of semitic origin. the small b was formed by gradual change from the capital b.

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