Shapes of Latin upsilon as drawn in the African reference alphabet, clearly based on a modern shape of the Greek letter upsilon, but with an uppercase ambiguously similar to an uppercase U with serif.

The letter Ʊ (minuscule: ʊ), called Latin upsilon, is a letter of the Latin alphabet. While its form superficially resembles an upside-down capital Greek letter omega (Ω), it is derived from the Greek lowercase upsilon (υ).[1]

Its lowercase is used in the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe a near-close near-back rounded vowel.

It is used in some alphabets of African languages, such as in one of the Kabiyé orthographies.

Use on computers

The majuscule and the minuscule are located at U+01B1 and U+028A in Unicode, respectively.

See also


  1. Pullum, Geoffrey K.; Ladusaw, William A. (1996). Phonetic Symbol Guide (Second ed.). University of Chicago Press. p. 185. ISBN 0-226-68536-5.
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