Ayb (letter)

Ayb (majuscule: Ա; minuscule: ա; Armenian: այբ) is the first letter of the Armenian alphabet. It has a numerical value of 1.[1] It represents the open back unrounded vowel (/ɑ/) in both variants of the Armenian language. This letter and the letter Ben (Բ բ) are the two first letters in the Armenian alphabet and forms the etymology of the Armenian word այբուբեն (aybuben), meaning "alphabet." It is one of the letters originally created by Mesrop Mashtots in the 5th century.

Ayb
Ա ա
Shghagir form of Ayb
Usage
Writing systemArmenian script
TypeAlphabetic
Language of originArmenian language
Phonetic usage[ɑ]
Unicode codepointU+0531, U+0561
Alphabetical position1
Numerical value: 1
History
Development
Yerkatagir
  • Grchagir
    • Bolorgir
      • Notrgir
        • Ա ա
Time period405 to present
Other
Associated numbers1

It is homoglyphic to the IPA symbol for the close back unrounded vowel, the Cyrillic letter Sha (Шш), the former Zhuang letter Ɯɯ used from 1957 to 1986, and the Georgian letter oni (ⴍ).

Computing codesEdit

Character information
Preview Ա ա
Unicode name ARMENIAN CAPITAL LETTER AYB ARMENIAN SMALL LETTER AYB
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1329 U+0531 1377 U+0561
UTF-8 212 177 D4 B1 213 161 D5 A1
Numeric character reference Ա Ա ա ա

Related characters and other similar charactersEdit

Braille formEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • Ա on Wiktionary
  • ա on Wiktionary