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On Sh'mos 2:3 and 15:17, Minchas Shay notes that הַצְּפִינוֹ and מִקְּדָשׁ have a dagesh in their respective second letters "for adornment (tif'eres)".

    1. Is this aural or visual adornment?
    2. How/Why is the presence of the dagesh considered an adornment?
  1. Why are these words, specifically, adorned?
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This is called 'euphonic dagesh' in English, if that helps. I think it's definitely 'aural' adornment, dagesh le-tif'eret haqri'a. – paquda Jan 29 '13 at 6:39
@paquda, more specifically, it's sometimes called dagesh forte dirimens, apparently. – msh210 Dec 17 '14 at 10:15

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