Vo (majuscule: Ո; minuscule: ո; Armenian: վո, վօ) is the twenty-fourth letter of the Armenian alphabet. It has a numerical value of 600.[1] It was created by Mesrop Mashtots in the 5th century AD. It represents the open-mid back rounded vowel (/ɔ/), but when it occurs isolated or word-initially, it represents /vɔ/1. It is one of the two letters that represent the sound O, the other being Օ which was not created by Mashtots.

Vo
Ո ո
Shghagir variant of Vo
Usage
Writing systemArmenian script
TypeAlphabetic
Language of originArmenian language
Phonetic usage[ɔ]
[vɔ] (word-initially or in isolated form)
Unicode codepointU+0548, U+0578
Alphabetical position24
Numerical value: 600
History
Development
Yerkatagir
  • Grchagir
    • Bolorgir
      • Notrgir
        • Ո ո
Time period405 to present
Other
Associated numbers600
This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and ⟨ ⟩, see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.

Its minuscule variant is homoglyphic to the minuscule form of the Latin letter N. In its uppercase form, it looks like a turned Latin letter U, the Lisu letter Ue (ꓵ), or the asomtavruli form of the Georgian letter ghani (Ⴖ).

As a component in UEdit

This letter, along with Vyun (or Hiwn in Classical Armenian), is part of the Armenian U (ՈՒ Ու ու). Because the letter U is not present in Mashtots's alphabet, it uses a digraph made up of these letters.

Computing codesEdit

Character information
Preview Ո ո
Unicode name ARMENIAN CAPITAL LETTER VO ARMENIAN SMALL LETTER VO
Encodings decimal hex dec hex
Unicode 1352 U+0548 1400 U+0578
UTF-8 213 136 D5 88 213 184 D5 B8
Numeric character reference Ո Ո ո ո

BrailleEdit

Related characters and other similar charactersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ո տառը բացատրություն, vo tary bacatrutyun, ո տառը հոմանիշ, ո տառը ռուսերեն թարգմանություն, ո տառը հականիշ, ո տառը անգլերեն թարգմանություն, ո տառը դարձվածքներ".

External linksEdit

  • Ո on Wiktionary
  • ո on Wiktionary

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Except in ով /ov/ "who" and ովքեր /ovkʰer/ "those (people)" in Eastern Armenian