- For stars with Arabic names, see List of Arabic star names.
The Arabic star is a punctuation mark developed to be distinct from the asterisk (*). The asterisk had existed in feudal times, and the original shape of the asterisk was six-pointed, each point like a teardrop coming from the center. However, some typewriters had difficulty printing the six arms distinctly.
In many modern fonts, however, the asterisk is five-pointed, and the Arabic star is sometimes six- or eight-pointed. The two symbols are compared below (the display depends on your browser's font).
|Asterisk||Full-width Asterisk||Arabic star||five-pointed star||six-pointed star||eight-pointed star|
In Unicode, Arabic and similar stars are encoded at:
- U+066D ٭ arabic five pointed star (HTML
- U+06DE ۞ ARABIC STAR OF RUB EL HIZB (HTML
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