Meaning of nikkud

nik•kud

Pronunciation: (nē-kd'), [key]
— pl. nik•ku•dim
  1. any of the combinations of dots and lines sometimes placed above or below Hebrew consonant symbols to indicate the pronunciation of vowels accompanying and usually following the consonants; vowel point.
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