There are several possibilities for the original Semitic pictograph including (a fish), (possibly a thorn), (a window?) and (a thorn). The pictograph is used almost exclusively throughout the early and middle history of this letter. This picture has the meanings of “pierce” and “sharp.” This letter also has the meaning of a shield, as thorn bushes were used by the shepherd to build a wall, or shield, to enclose his flock during the night to protect them from predators. Another meaning of this letter is to “grab hold” as a thorn clings to hair and clothing. >>> Read More