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Te (Cyrillic)

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The Cyrillic letter Te was derived from the Greek letter Tau (Τ τ).

The name of Te in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was тврьдо (tvrdo), meaning "hard" or "surly".

In the Cyrillic numeral system, Te had a value of 300.


The cursive form in Russian
The cursive form in Serbian and Macedonian

The capital Cyrillic letter Te (Т т) looks the same as the capital Latin letter T (T t) but, as with most Cyrillic letters, the lowercase form is simply a smaller version of the uppercase.

In italic type and cursive, the lowercase form ⟨т⟩ looks like the italic form of the lowercase Latin M ⟨m⟩, except in Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian usage where it looks like an inverted lowercase Latin M, with a stroke above to distinguish it from the otherwise identical italic lowercase letter Shaш⟩, which is sometimes written with a stroke below. Compare the 5th letter pair in the 4th row with the last letter pair of the chart.

The cursive form of the capital letter Te can also be seen in the chart following the lower case letter.

In some old materials, the lowercase form ⟨т⟩ has two variants: on the Trebnik of Metropolitan Peter and the Ostrog Bible this letter has a taller variant looks like number 7 ( ᲄ ); on some vernacular Russian publications up to the mid-19ᵗʰ century, this letter have been found a variant looks like turned Sha ().[1] Both of them were encoded in the Unicode Standard in June, 2016 with the release of version 9.0.[2]


As used in the alphabets of various languages, Te represents the following sounds:

The pronunciations shown in the table are the primary ones for each language; for details consult the articles on the languages.

Language Position in
Belarusian 20th /t/
Bulgarian 19th /t/, /tʲ/
Macedonian 23rd /t/
Russian 20th /t/, /tʲ/
Serbian 22nd /t/
Ukrainian 23rd /t/, /tʲ/

Related letters and other similar charactersEdit

Computing codesEdit

Character Т т
Unicode name Cyrillic Capital Letter Te Cyrillic Small Letter Te Cyrillic Small Letter Tall Te Cyrillic Small Letter Three-Legged Te
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1058 U+0422 1090 U+0442 7300 U+1C84 7301 U+1C85
UTF-8 208 162 D0 A2 209 130 D1 82 225 178 132 E1 B2 84 225 178 133 E1 B2 85
Numeric character reference Т Т т т ᲄ ᲄ ᲅ ᲅ
KOI8-R and KOI8-U 244 F4 212 D4
Code page 855 230 E6 229 E5
Windows-1251 210 D2 242 F2
ISO-8859-5 194 C2 226 E2
Macintosh Cyrillic 146 92 242 F2

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Church Slavonic Typography in Unicode" (PDF). Aleksandr Andreev, Yuri Shardt, Nikita Simmons. 2015. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  2. ^ "Cyrillic Extended-C: Range: 1C80–1C8F" (PDF). The Unicode Standard, Version 9.0. 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-15.

External linksEdit

  •   The dictionary definition of Т at Wiktionary
  •   The dictionary definition of т at Wiktionary