digamma

[ dahy-gam-uh ]
/ daɪˈgæm ə /

noun

a letter of the early Greek alphabet that generally fell into disuse in Attic Greek before the classical period and that represented a sound similar to English w.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of digamma

1545–55; <Latin <Greek dígamma, equivalent to di-di-1 + gámmagamma; from its resemblance to two gammas placed one over the other, similar to Roman French, which is a descendant of digamma

OTHER WORDS FROM digamma

di·gam·mat·ed [dahy-gam-ey-tid], /daɪˈgæm eɪ tɪd/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for digamma

British Dictionary definitions for digamma

digamma
/ (daɪˈɡæmə) /

noun

a letter of the Greek alphabet (Ϝ) that became obsolete before the classical period of the language. It represented a semivowel like English W and was used as a numeral in later stages of written Greek, and passed into the Roman alphabet as F

Word Origin for digamma

C17: via Latin from Greek, from di- 1 + gamma; from its shape, which suggests one gamma upon another
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012