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|Cyrillic letter Che|
|The Cyrillic script|
Che or Cha (Ч ч; italics: Ч ч) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
It commonly represents the voiceless postalveolar affricate /tʃ/, like ⟨tch⟩ in "switch".
In English, it is romanized most often as ⟨ch⟩ but sometimes as ⟨tch⟩, like in French. In German, it can be transcribed as ⟨tsch⟩. In linguistics, it is transcribed as ⟨č⟩ so "Tchaikovsky" (Чайковский in Russian) may be transcribed as Chaykovsky or Čajkovskij.
The name of Che in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was чрьвь (črĭvĭ), meaning "worm".
In the Cyrillic numeral system, Che had a value of 90.
In all Slavic languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet, except Russian and Ukrainian, Che represents the voiceless postalveolar affricate /tʃ/.
In Russian, in a few words, it represents /ʂ/ (like English ⟨sh⟩ /ʃ/ in "shape"): Russian: что, чтобы, нарочно.
The letter used in the Latin Zhuang alphabet from 1957 to 1986 to represent the fourth (falling) tone, a modified Hindu-Arabic numeral 4, strongly resembled Cyrillic che. In 1986, it was replaced by the Latin letter X.
Related letters and other similar characters
- Č č : Latin letter C with caron
- Ç ç : Latin letter C with cedilla
- Ĉ ĉ : Latin letter C with circumflex, used in Esperanto language
- Ҷ ҷ : Cyrillic letter Che with descender
- Ӵ ӵ : Cyrillic letter Che with diaeresis
- Ҹ ҹ : Cyrillic letter Che with vertical stroke
- Ꚇ ꚇ : Cyrillic letter Cche
- Ɥ ɥ : Latin letter Turned H
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER CHE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER CHE|
|UTF-8||208 167||D0 A7||209 135||D1 87|
|Numeric character reference||Ч||Ч||ч||ч|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||254||FE||222||DE|
|Code page 855||252||FC||251||FB|
|Code page 866||151||97||231||E7|