- 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.
Origin of digamma
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But he could not do that, so he read the proof-sheets of his new treatise on the digamma.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys
But we are expressly told that it had the force and sound of the Greek digamma.
Now the office of the Greek digamma was apparently manifold.
I don't care a straw for Greek particles, or the digamma, no more does his mother.Tom Brown's School Days
I don't care a straw for Greek particles, or the digamma; no more does his mother.
- 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
C17: via Latin from Greek, from di- 1 + gamma; from its shape, which suggests one gamma upon another