Definition of digamma in English:

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digamma

Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈɡamə/

noun

The sixth letter of the early Greek alphabet (Ϝ, ϝ), probably pronounced as ‘w’. It became obsolete 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.

Origin

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).

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: di|gamma

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