digamma

digamma

[dahy-gam-uh]
noun
a letter of the early greek alphabet that generally fell into disuse in Attic Greek before the classical period and that represented a sound similar to English w.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin < Greek dígamma, equivalent to di- di-1 + gámma gamma; from its resemblance to two gammas placed one over the other, similar to Roman French, which is a descendant of digamma

digammated [dahy-gam-ey-tid] , adjective
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digamma (daɪˈɡæmə)
 
n
a letter of the Greek alphabet (Ϝ) that became obsolete before the classical period of the language. It represented a semivowel like English W and was used as a numeral in later stages of written Greek, and passed into the Roman alphabet as F
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek, from di-1 + gamma; from its shape, which suggests one gamma upon another]

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