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digamma

[ dahy-gam-uh ]
/ daɪˈgæm ə /
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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.
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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
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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
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