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 which probably had the value of English w consonant. The form and value of Greek letter came from the Phœnician, the ultimate source being probably Egyptian. Etymologically f is most closely related to p, k, v, and b; as in E. five, Gr. pe`nte; E. wolf, L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos; E. fox, vixen; fragile, break; fruit, brook, v. t.; E. bear, L. ferre. (Mus.) The name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of C. F sharp is a tone intermediate between F and G. F clef, the bass clef. See under Clef. Punishment, English law. Formerly felons were branded and marked with a hot iron, with this letter, on being admitted to the benefit of clergy.
Latin. n. Son daughter, filius filia, abbreviated f.
- Abbreviation for Fahrenheit, also for fathom. The brand by which the hand of a convicted felon was marked in olden times in England.
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