The Cyrillic letter Te was derived from the Greek letter Tau (Τ τ).
The name of Te in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was тврьдо (tvrdo), meaning "hard" or "surly".
In the Cyrillic numeral system, Te had a value of 300.
In italic type and cursive, the lowercase form ⟨т⟩ looks like the italic form of the lowercase Latin M ⟨m⟩, except in Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian usage where it looks like an inverted lowercase Latin M, with a stroke above to distinguish it from the otherwise identical italic lowercase letter Sha ⟨ш⟩, which is sometimes written with a stroke below. Compare the 5th letter pair in the 4th row with the last letter pair of the chart.
The cursive form of the capital letter Te can also be seen in the chart following the lower case letter.
In some old materials, the lowercase form ⟨т⟩ has two variants: on the Trebnik of Metropolitan Peter and the Ostrog Bible this letter has a taller variant looks like number 7 (ᲄ); on some vernacular Russian publications up to the mid-19th century, this letter have been found as a variant resembling a turned Sha (ᲅ). Both of them were encoded in the Unicode Standard in June 2016 with the release of version 9.0.
As used in the alphabets of various languages, Te represents the following sounds:
- voiceless alveolar plosive /t/, like the pronunciation of ⟨t⟩ in "tick"
- palatalized voiceless alveolar plosive /tʲ/
The pronunciations shown in the table are the primary ones for each language; for details consult the articles on the languages.
Related letters and other similar characters
- Τ τ : Greek letter Tau
- T t : Latin letter T
- Ҭ ҭ : Cyrillic letter Te with descender
- Ԏ ԏ : Cyrillic letter Komi Tje
- Ћ ћ : Cyrillic Tshe
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER TE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER TE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER TALL TE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER THREE-LEGGED TE|
|UTF-8||208 162||D0 A2||209 130||D1 82||225 178 132||E1 B2 84||225 178 133||E1 B2 85|
|Numeric character reference||Т
|Named character reference||Т||т|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||244||F4||212||D4|
|Code page 855||230||E6||229||E5|