F (êf).1. F is the sixth letter of the English alphabet, and a nonvocal consonant. Its form and sound are from the Latin. The Latin borrowed the form from the Greek digamma w consonant. The form and value of Greek letter came from the Phoenician, the ultimate source being probably Egyptian. Etymologically fis most closely related to p,k,v, and b; as in (English) five, (Greek) f, (Latin) lupus, (Greek) fox, vixen; fragile, break; fruit, brook,
(English) bear, (Latin) ferre. See Guide to Pronunciation, sq. root 178, 179, 188, 198, 230.2. (Music) The name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of Centigrade F sharp (F #) is a tone intermediate between F and German F clef, the bass clef. See Clef.
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