Sun And Moon Letters
In Arabic and Maltese, the consonants are divided into two groups, called the sun letters or solar letters (Arabic: حروف شمسية ḥurūf šhamsiyyah) and moon letters or lunar letters (حروف قمرية ḥurūf qamariyyah), based on whether or not they assimilate the letter lām (ﻝ l) of a preceding definite article al- (الـ). These names come from the fact that the word for "the sun", aš-šams, assimilates the lām, while the word for "the moon", al-qamar, does not.
Famous quotes containing the words sun and, letters, sun and/or moon:
“It takes place ... always without permanent form, though ancient and familiar as the sun and moon, and as sure to come again.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls.
For, thus friends absent speak.”
—John Donne (c. 15721631)
“Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides;”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)
“As the moon waxes, then wanes, so at middle age do people decline.”