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Deḥiq (דחיק ‘compressed’) is a Masoretic term indicating circumstances in which, after a word ending with one of the letters אהוי ʾhwy, a בגדכפת bgdkpt letter at the beginning of the next word, which would usually be softened to a fricative, retains instead its plosive form.

The term appears alongside three other cancellers of softening, which rhyme with it: פסיק pesiq, מפיק mappiq, and אתי מרחיק ʾaṯe me-raḥiq. The ancient versions of the Masoretic rule on this subject make no mention of these terms, using instead the cryptic expression טעמים הקודמים בתיבה ṭeʿamim haq-qodmim bat-teḇa ‘ac…

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Ofer, Yosef, “Deḥiq”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000610>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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