Can someone provide a citation (sefer, page if possible) for Ps. 119 having the monikers "Alfa-Bita" and "Temanya Apei" (=Eight Faces)?

I've seen it called Alfa Bita I think somewhere in BIH or a Sefardi Siddur, Temanya is a new one to me.

These claims are written stam in the Hebrew Wikipedia article https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%AA%D7%94%D7%99%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%9D_%D7%A7%D7%99%22%D7%98

נקרא גם תְּמַנְיָא אַפֵּי (בארמית: שמונָה פנים) או אלפא ביתא על שם מבנה

I tried to add to the en: site but was reverted, requires citation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalm_119

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Psalm 119 is referred to as temanya apin in Berachot 4b:

אִילֵּימָא מִשּׁוּם דְּאָתְיָא בְּאָלֶף בֵּית, נֵימָא ״אַשְׁרֵי תְמִימֵי דָרֶךְ״ דְּאָתְיָא בִּתְמָנְיָא אַפִּין

It is referred to as alfa beta by R. Shlomo Alkabetz (quoted by Shelah here) where he lists the texts that were recited as part of tikkun leil shavuot:

אח"כ (תהילים י״ט:ב׳) מזמור השמים מספרים, ומזמור יקום אלקים (שם סח). אח"כ האלפא ביתא (שם קיט) בלא השירות (מפרק קכ).‏

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