A (Bengali)

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is the first vowel in the Bengali alphabet, and by extension related alphabets such as Assamese. This letter is used to represent the open-mid back rounded vowel, and while equivalent to the inherent 'a' found in many other Indian languages (as found aside consonants which do not otherwise have a marked vowel), has this phonemic difference in common with many Eastern Indo-Aryan languages such as Assamese and Oriya.

Character representation[edit]

By virtue of being equivalent to the inherent 'a', this is the only vowel without a combining form and thus has only one codepoint.

Character
Unicode name BENGALI LETTER A
Encodings decimal hex
Unicode 2437 U+0985
UTF-8 224 166 133 E0 A6 85
Numeric character reference অ অ