from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Middle English letter ȝ, used to represent the sound (y) and some velar consonants similar to the ch in German Bach and the r in French France.

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  • n. A letter of the Middle English alphabet (capital Ȝ, small ȝ), in form derived from the Old English shape of the letter g, and used to represent various palatal and velar sounds.


Middle English, possibly from Old English īw, ēoh, yew.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)



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  • Ȝ

    Why Men�?ies is pronounced Ming-ISS, not Men-zeez, à la the Australian PM.

    November 3, 2007