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  1. 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 + gámma gamma; from its resemblance to two gammas placed one over the other, similar to Roman French, which is a descendant of digamma
Related formsdi·gam·mat·ed [dahy-gam-ey-tid] /daɪˈgæm eɪ tɪd/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for digamma

Historical Examples

  • But he could not do that, so he read the proof-sheets of his new treatise on the digamma.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys

    Lewis Hough

  • 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.

  • I don't care a straw for Greek particles, or the digamma; no more does his mother.

British Dictionary definitions for digamma


  1. 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
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Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek, from di- 1 + gamma; from its shape, which suggests one gamma upon another
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