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By Jeff A. Benner

The Hebrew word for "kilometer" is קילומטר, which is a transliteration that is pronounced qilometer. When a word is transliterated into Hebrew, and it includes a “k” sound in the word, the Hebrew transliteration with always use the letter quph (ק) and not a kaph (כ). Also, when the word includes a “t” sound, the Hebrew transliteration will use the letter tet (ט) and not a tav (ת). The word קילומטר is usually written with the acronym ק"מ (when the symbol -"- appears in a Hebrew word it identifies it as an acronym), where the quph (ק) stands for the word “kilo” and the mem (מ) stand for the word “meter.”

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