the sixteenth letter of the English
alphabet, is a nonvocal consonant whose form and value come from the
Latin, into which language the letter was brought, through the ancient
Greek, from the Phœnician, its probable origin being Egyptian.
Etymologically P is most closely related to b, f, and
v; as hobble, hopple; father,
paternal; recipient, receive. See B,
F, and M.
See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 247, 248, and 184-195.
© Webster 1913.