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Kha or Ha (Х х; italics: ''Х х'') is a letter of the
Cyrillic script The Cyrillic script ( ) is a writing system used for various languages across Eurasia and is used as the national script in various Slavic languages, Slavic, Turkic languages, Turkic, Mongolic languages, Mongolic, Uralic languages, Uralic, Caucas ...
. It looks the same as the
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(X x ''X x''), in both uppercase and lowercase, both roman and italic forms, and was derived from the
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letter
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, which also bears a resemblance to both the Latin X and Kha. It commonly represents the
voiceless velar fricative In linguistics Linguistics is the science, scientific study of language. It encompasses the analysis of every aspect of language, as well as the methods for studying and modeling them. The traditional areas of linguistic analysis include ...

voiceless velar fricative
, similar to the pronunciation of in “loch”. Kha is
romanised Romanization or romanisation, in linguistics Linguistics is the science, scientific study of language. It encompasses the analysis of every aspect of language, as well as the methods for studying and modeling them. The traditional areas ...
as for Russian, Ukrainian, Mongolian, and Tajik, and as for Belarusian, while being romanised as for Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Kazakh.


History

The Cyrillic letter Kha was derived from the Greek letter Chi (Χ χ). The name of Kha in the
Early Cyrillic alphabet The Early Cyrillic alphabet, also called classical Cyrillic or paleo-Cyrillic, is a writing system A writing system is a method of visually representing verbal communication Communication (from Latin ''communicare'', meaning "to share") ...

Early Cyrillic alphabet
was (''xěrŭ''). In the
Cyrillic numeral system Cyrillic numerals are a numeral system derived from the Cyrillic script, developed in the First Bulgarian Empire in the late 10th century. It was used in the First Bulgarian Empire and by South Slavs, South and East Slavs, East Slavic peoples. The ...
, Kha had a value of 600.


Usage


Russian

Kha is the twenty-third (if Yo is included) letter of the
Russian alphabet The Russian alphabet ( rus, ру́сский алфави́т, russkiy alfavit, ˈruskʲɪj ɐlfɐˈvʲit or, more traditionally, rus, ру́сская а́збука, russkaya azbuka, ˈruskəjə ˈazbʊkə) was derived from Cyrillic script fo ...

Russian alphabet
. It represents the consonant unless it is before a palatalizing vowel when it represents .


Ossetian

Kha represents the
voiceless uvular fricative The voiceless uvular fricative is a type of consonant In articulatory phonetics, a consonant is a speech sound that is articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract. Examples are , pronounced with the lips; , pronounced with th ...

voiceless uvular fricative
in Ossetian. The digraph ⟨хъ⟩ represents the
voiceless uvular plosive The voiceless uvular plosive or stop is a type of consonant In articulatory phonetics, a consonant is a speech sound that is articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract. Examples are , pronounced with the lips; , pronounced w ...

voiceless uvular plosive
.


Belarusian

Kha is also an alternative transliteration of the letter خ Ḫāʼ in the
Arabic alphabet The Arabic alphabet ( ar, الْأَبْجَدِيَّة الْعَرَبِيَّة, ' or , ', ), or Arabic abjad, is the as it is codified for writing . It is written from right to left in a style and includes 28 letters. Most letters hav ...

Arabic alphabet
. This was used in Belarusian Arabic script, corresponding to the above Cyrillic letter.


Related letters and other similar characters

*Χ χ : Greek letter Chi *H h :
Latin letter H
Latin letter H
*X x :
Latin letter X Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. Latin was originally spoken in the area around Rome, known as Latium. Through the power of the Roman Republic, it became the ...

Latin letter X
*ﺥ : Arabic letter Ḫāʾ *Һ һ : Cyrillic letter Shha


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External links

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