Definition of alpha
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Orthography ID = 2002428
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LNS
alpha, alpha
alpha, beta
ἄλφα
noun (n., indeclinable declension)
  1. the Greek name of the first letter of the alphabet
  2. the first in any thing
Abbreviations
alpha, n. indecl., = ἄλφα, the Greek name of the first letter of the alphabet: hoc discunt ante alpha et beta, before their letters, before they learn to read, Juv. 14, 209.

—Hence, prov., the first in any thing (as beta was the second): alpha paenulatorum ... beta togatorum, Mart. 5, 26; so by character instead of name: Ego sum Α et Ω, principium et finis, Vulg. Apoc. 1, 8; 21, 6; 22, 13.
 
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