A Dictionary of the English Language
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~ Y ~

Y, At the beginning of words, is a consonant; at the end, and when it follows a consonant, is a vowel, and has the sound of i. It is used at the end of words, and whenever two ii's would come together; and in words derived from the Greek, to express the v. Y was much used by the Saxons, whence y is found for i in the old English writers.