Z with stroke

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Ƶ (minuscule: ƶ) is a letter of the Latin alphabet, derived from Z with the addition of a stroke.

Uses[edit]

It was used in the Jaŋalif alphabet (as a part of Uniform Turkic Alphabet) for the Tatar language in the first half of the 20th century to represent a voiced postalveolar fricative [ʒ], now written j. It was also used in the 1992 Latin Chechen spelling as voiced postalveolar fricative [ʒ]. It was also used a 1931 variant of the Karelian alphabet for the Tver dialect. The 1931-1941 Mongolian Latin alphabet used it to represent [d͡ʒ].

As handwriting[edit]

Polish City Guard (Straż Miejska) badge, using Ƶ with a horizontal stroke as a variant of Ż.

In Polish, the character Ƶ is used as an allographic variant of the letter Ż. Germans, Italians and Spaniards often use this sign in the hand-writing as the letter Z, as do others.[citation needed]

As currency[edit]

Ƶ was sometimes used instead of Z to represent the zaire, a former currency of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ƶ is used as a currency symbol in the video game EVE Online to represent the in-game currency Interstellar Kredits (ISK).

Also, the popular British TV show Doctor Who uses ƶ as the symbol for the unit of money, Galactic Credits.[citation needed]

In science[edit]

Ƶ is also used by mathematicians, scientists, and engineers as a variant of Z in hand-written equations, so as not to confuse the symbol with the numeral 2.

Uses on computers[edit]

The Unicode of uppercase Ƶ is 01B5, while the lowercase ƶ is 01B6.