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Latin epsilon or open e (majuscule: Ɛ, minuscule: ɛ) is a letter of the extended Latin alphabet, based on the lowercase of the Greek letter epsilon (ε). In the International Phonetic Alphabet, it represents the open-mid front unrounded vowel. It occurs in the orthographies of many Niger-Congo languages, such as Ewe (Ɛwɛgbɛ), and is included in the African reference alphabet. In Kabyle, it represents a voiced pharyngeal fricative.


In Unicode, the majuscule Ɛ is encoded in the Latin Extended-B block at U+0190 and the minuscule ɛ is encoded at U+025B. It has been misnamed by ISO as LATIN LETTER OPEN E.[1]

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It looks similar to the lowercase epsilon.


  1. ^ Asmus Freytag; Rick McGowan; Ken Whistler (2006-05-08). "Unicode Technical Note #27: Known Anomalies in Unicode Character Names". The Unicode Consortium. Retrieved 2009-02-24. "This is actually a Latin epsilon and should have been so called."  
The Basic modern Latin alphabet
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

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