I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew āleph aleph Date: 13th century 1. the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet — see alphabet table 2. something that is first ; beginning 3. alpha wave 4. alpha particle II. adjective Date: 1863 1. closest in the structure of an organic molecule to a particular group or atom — symbol α <
2. socially dominant especially in a group of animals <
an alpha male
3. alphabetic

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