[ kop-uh ]
/ ˈkɒp ə /
a letter (, ) of some early Greek alphabets, occurring between pi and rho and equivalent to Latin Q: later superseded by kappa except for its use as a numeral for 90.
Why Does The Letter Q Almost Always Need The Letter U?Scrabble players are acutely aware that Q is a tricky letter. To use a Q in the game, a player must also find an available U. The fact that Q is the second most rarely used letter in the alphabet certainly doesn’t make using Q any easier.
Origin of koppa
1865–70; < Greek kóppa < Semitic; akin to Hebrew qōph koph
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British Dictionary definitions for koppa
/ (ˈkɒpə) /
a consonantal letter in the Greek alphabet pronounced like kappa (K) with the point of articulation further back in the throat. It became obsolete in classical (Attic) Greek orthography, but was passed on to the Romans who incorporated it into their alphabet as Q
Word Origin for koppa
Greek, of Semitic origin
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