Black-Letter Capital Z ℨ

U+2128
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Symbol Meaning

The Gothic-style italic capital “Z” resembles one of the symbols belonging to the extended Latin alphabet — Capital Letter Yogh Ȝ. This letter was used in Middle English and Middle Scots languages which existed till the middle of the last millennium. It represented the sound ] and it was commonly found in the written sources. During the Middle Ages the Yough letter gave way to more familiar letters. If you ask Slavic language speakers, they will tell you that this symbol reminds them of the Cyrillic Z letter (which looks like this: З).

Nowadays, “Black-Letter Capital Z” is one of the characters used for text decoration. This ancient letter might come in handy in articles on the history of the English language. Compare it with letters from other blocks of Unicode: Ӡ, Ҙ, 𝖅.

The symbol “Black-Letter Capital Z” is included in the “Letterlike symbols” subblock of the “Letterlike Symbols” block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

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Unicode Name Black-Letter Capital Z
Unicode Number
HTML Code
CSS Code
Entity ℨ
Unicode Block Letterlike Symbols
Unicode Subblock Letterlike symbols
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Version 1.1
Block Letterlike Symbols
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 2128
Simple case change 2128
Math +
Alphabetic +
Uppercase +
Cased +
ID_Start +
ID_Continue +
XID_Start +
XID_Continue +
Grapheme_Base +
age 1.1
scripts Common
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 E2 84 A8 226 132 168 14845096 11100010 10000100 10101000
UTF-16BE 21 28 33 40 8488 00100001 00101000
UTF-16LE 28 21 40 33 10273 00101000 00100001
UTF-32BE 00 00 21 28 0 0 33 40 8488 00000000 00000000 00100001 00101000
UTF-32LE 28 21 00 00 40 33 0 0 673251328 00101000 00100001 00000000 00000000

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