O-hook (Ҩ ҩ; italics: ''Ҩ ҩ'') is a letter of the
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. It is derived from the initial form of the Arabic letter hāʾ, . In the
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text-encoding standard, this letter is called "Abkhazian Ha". Its form bears some similarities to the (Θ θ/). In
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, O-hook is commonly
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using the Latin letter O with dot below (Ọ ọ) but its ISO 9 transliteration is the Ò, Latin letter O with grave accent (Ò ò). O-hook is used in the alphabet of the Abkhaz language where it represents the labial-palatal approximant , the sound of in French phonology, French "" (). It is placed between O and Pi (letter), Π in the alphabet.

Computing codes

* In Unicode version 1.0, the letters were called CYRILLIC CAPITAL/SMALL LETTER O HOOK.


Further reading

* Daniels, Peter D. ''The World's Writing Systems.'' Oxford University Press, 1996. {{Cyrillic-alphabet-stub