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 in alphabets[edit]

It was used in the Jaᶇalif 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 in a 1931 variant of the Karelian alphabet for the Tver dialect. The 1931-1941 Mongolian Latin alphabet used it to represent [d͡ʒ].

Uses as currency symbol[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 games EVE Online and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War to represent the in-game currencies Interstellar Kredits (ISK) and Zollar, respectively.

Ƶ is used as a currency symbol in the Dragonball universe for "zeni".

Uses as variant of the letters Z and Ż[edit]

Polish municipal police (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, French and Spaniards often use this sign in the hand-writing as the letter Z, as do others.[citation needed] In Greek, it is a handwritten form of the letter Ξ. The horizontal stroke distinguishes it from its Ζ counterpart.

Ƶ and ƶ are also used by mathematicians, scientists, and engineers as variants of Z and z in hand-written equations to avoid confusion with the numeral 2.

Uses on computers[edit]

German handwritten uppercase Z, written with a stroke.

The Unicode standard specifies two codepoints:


Use in Complex Analysis[edit]

The letter z is used in the mathematical field of complex analysis to represent a complex variable. In written work, students of the subject add a stroke to ensure they do not mistake it for the digit 2.