Omega (Cyrillic)

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Cyrillic letter Omega
Cyrillic letter Ѡ ѡ.svg
Numeric value: 800
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
А Б В Г Ґ Д
Ђ Ѓ Е Ѐ Ё Є
Ж З Ѕ И Ѝ І
Ї Й Ј К Л Љ
М Н Њ О П Р
С Т Ћ Ќ У Ў
Ф Х Ц Ч Џ Ш
Щ Ъ Ы Ь Э Ю
Я
Non-Slavic letters
Ӑ Ӓ Ә Ӛ Ӕ Ғ
Ҕ Ӻ Ӷ Ԁ Ԃ
Ӗ Ӂ Җ Ӝ Ԅ Ҙ
Ӟ Ԑ Ӡ Ԇ Ӣ Ҋ
Ӥ Қ Ӄ Ҡ Ҟ Ҝ
Ԟ Ԛ Ӆ Ԓ Ԡ Ԉ
Ԕ Ӎ Ӊ Ң Ӈ Ҥ
Ԣ Ԋ Ӧ Ө Ӫ Ҩ
Ԥ Ҧ Ҏ Ԗ Ҫ Ԍ
Ҭ Ԏ Ӯ Ӱ Ӳ Ү
Ұ Ҳ Ӽ Ӿ Һ Ԧ
Ҵ Ҷ Ӵ Ӌ Ҹ
Ҽ Ҿ Ӹ Ҍ Ӭ Ԙ
Ԝ Ӏ
Archaic letters
Ҁ Ѻ ОУ Ѡ Ѿ Ѣ
Ѥ Ѧ Ѫ Ѩ
Ѭ Ѯ Ѱ Ѳ Ѵ Ѷ

Omega (Ѡ ѡ or Ѡ ѡ; italics: Ѡ w or Ѡ ѡ) is a letter used in the early Cyrillic alphabet. Its name and form are derived from the Greek letter Omega (Ω ω).

Unlike Greek, the Slavic languages had only a single /o/ sound, so Omega was little used compared to the letter On (О о), descended from the Greek letter Omicron. In the older ustav writing Omega was used mainly for its numeric value of 800, and rarely appeared even in Greek words. In later semi-ustav manuscripts it was used for decorative purposes, along with the broad version (Ꙍ ꙍ) as well as the Broad On (Ѻ ѻ).

Modern Church Slavonic has developed strict rules for the use of these letterforms.

Another variation of o is the ornate or beautiful omega, used as an interjection, “O!”. It is represented in Unicode 5.1 by the misnamed character omega with titlo (Ѽ ѽ).

Computing codes[edit]

Character Ѡ ѡ Ѽ ѽ
Unicode name CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER OMEGA CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER OMEGA CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER OMEGA WITH TITLO CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER OMEGA WITH TITLO CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER BROAD OMEGA CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER BROAD OMEGA
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1120 U+0460 1121 U+0461 1148 U+047C 1149 U+047D 42572 U+A64C 42573 U+A64D
UTF-8 209 160 D1 A0 209 161 D1 A1 209 188 D1 BC 209 189 D1 BD 234 153 140 EA 99 8C 234 153 141 EA 99 8D
Numeric character reference Ѡ Ѡ ѡ ѡ Ѽ Ѽ ѽ ѽ Ꙍ Ꙍ ꙍ ꙍ

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