1. a (al'-fah)
of Hebrew origin; the first letter of the alphabet; figuratively, only (from its use as a numeral) the first:
Alpha. Often used (usually an, before a vowel) also in composition (as a contraction from aneu) in the sense of privation; so, in many words, beginning with this letter; occasionally in the sense of union (as a contraction of hama).
see GREEK aneu
see GREEK hama