Vau is the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
An example of vau is the letter for which a nail or a hook is the symbol.
Variant of vav
- Alternative spelling of vav.
- Most authorities have held that the new form was derived from E by dropping the lowermost crossbar; some have held that it developed out of the old Vau, a view which is not impossible in itself and has the similar development in Aramaic (Tema) in its favour.
- The fact that the Phoenician Vau was retained in the Greek alphabets, and the vowel v added, shows that when the alphabet was introduced the sound denoted by was still in full vigour.
- With Vau it was different; the u-sound existed in some form in all dialects, the w-sound survived in many far into historical times.