Definition of digamma in English:

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Pronunciation: /dīˈɡamə/


The sixth letter of the early Greek alphabet (Ϝ, ϝ), pronounced as “w.” It became obsolete in many Greek dialects before the Classical period.
Example sentences
  • The letters digamma, koppa, and san are the obsolete ones.
  • They included the letters digamma and koppa, the ancestors of Roman F and Q and a modification of P written with a tail, which served as an early model for Roman R.
  • While this information is in good dictionaries, I have sometimes wanted a more convenient list of words used in Epic which start with the digamma.


Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek, from di- 'twice' + gamma (because of the shape of the letter, resembling gamma (Γ) with an extra stroke).

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Syllabification: di·gam·ma

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