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  1. abugidanoun

    A writing system, similar to a syllabary, in which each symbol represents a consonant with a particular vowel. Some languages that use abugidas are Amharic, Hindi, Burmese, Cree and Ojibwe (Canadian Aboriginal syllabics). An abugida is a kind of syllabary in which vowel is changed by modifying the base consonant symbol, so that all the forms that represent a given consonant plus each vowel resemble one other.

  2. Etymology: Adapted by Peter T. Daniels from አቡጊዳ (a-bu-gi-da), the name of its own script, based on the Greek alphabet order (Α, Β, Γ, Δ).

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  1. Abugida

    An abugida, also called an alphasyllabary, is a segmental writing system in which consonant–vowel sequences are written as a unit: each unit is based on a consonant letter, and vowel notation is secondary. This contrasts with a full alphabet, in which vowels have status equal to consonants, and with an abjad, in which vowel marking is absent or optional. Abugidas include the extensive Brahmic family of scripts of South and Southeast Asia. The term abugida was suggested by Peter T. Daniels in his 1990 typology of writing systems. It is an Ethiopian name of the Ge‘ez script, ’ä bu gi da, taken from four letters of that script the way abecedary derives from Latin a be ce de, and alphabet derives from the names of the two first letters in the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta. As Daniels used the word, an abugida contrasts with a syllabary, where letters with shared consonants or vowels show no particular resemblance to each another, and with an alphabet proper, where independent letters are used to denote both consonants and vowels. The term alphasyllabary was suggested for the Indic scripts in 1997 by William Bright, following South Asian linguistic usage, to convey the idea that "they share features of both alphabet and syllabary".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abugida in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abugida in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9


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