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Cyrillic letter Ze
Cyrillic letter Ze - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Cyrillic numerals: 7
Unicode (hex)
majuscule: U+0417
minuscule: U+0437
Cyrillic alphabet
А Б В Г Ґ Д Ђ
Ѓ Е Ѐ Ё Є Ж З
Ѕ И Ѝ І Ї Й Ј
К Л Љ М Н Њ О
П Р С Т Ћ Ќ У
Ў Ф Х Ц Ч Џ Ш
Щ Ъ Ы Ь Э Ю Я
Non-Slavic letters
Ӑ Ӓ Ә Ӛ Ӕ Ғ Ҕ
Ӻ Ӷ Ԁ Ԃ Ӗ Ӂ Җ
Ӝ Ԅ Ҙ Ӟ Ԑ Ӡ Ԇ
Ӣ Ҋ Ӥ Қ Ӄ Ҡ Ҟ
Ҝ Ԟ Ԛ Ӆ Ԓ Ԡ Ԉ
Ԕ Ӎ Ӊ Ң Ӈ Ҥ Ԣ
Ԋ Ӧ Ө Ӫ Ҩ Ҧ Ҏ
Ԗ Ҫ Ԍ Ҭ Ԏ Ӯ Ӱ
Ӳ Ү Ұ Ҳ Ӽ Ӿ Һ
Ҵ Ҷ Ӵ Ӌ Ҹ Ҽ Ҿ
Ӹ Ҍ Ӭ Ԙ Ԝ Ӏ  
Archaic letters
Ҁ Ѻ ОУ Ѡ Ѿ Ѣ
Ѥ Ѧ Ѫ Ѩ Ѭ Ѯ
Ѱ Ѳ Ѵ Ѷ    
List of Cyrillic letters
Cyrillic digraphs

Ze (З, з) is a letter of the Cyrillic alphabet, representing the consonant /z/. It's easily confusable with the figure three (3) and the Russian letter Э, which represents the vowel /e/ when it does not follow a soft consonant.

The pronunciation of <з> is exactly like <z> in English, except word-finally and before voiceless consonants, when it represents a voiceless [s] or followed by <ь> or any of the palatalizing vowels, when it represents /zʲ/ as in Russian зеркало [ˈzʲɛr.kə.lə] ('mirror').

Cyrillic ze is derived from the Greek letter Zeta (Ζ, ζ).

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Early Cyrillic alphabet usage

The Early Cyrillic alphabet used Zemlya (majuscule: , minuscule: ). The shape looked like a Latin <z> with a tail on the bottom.

Zhuang

<З> was used in Zhuang's Latin alphabet from 1957 to 1986 to represent the third (high) tone because of its similarity to the numeral 3. In 1986, it was replaced by <j>.

Montenegrin

A proposed version of the Latin alphabet for the Montenegrin language includes the letter <з> to represent the phoneme /dz/.

See also

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Simple English

Cyrillic letter Ze
File:Cyrillic letter Ze - uppercase and
Cyrillic alphabet
А Б В Г Ґ Д Ђ
Ѓ Е Ѐ Ё Є Ж З
Ѕ И Ѝ І Ї Й Ј
К Л Љ М Н Њ О
П Р С Т Ћ Ќ У
Ў Ф Х Ц Ч Џ Ш
Щ Ъ Ы Ь Э Ю Я
Non-Slavic letters
Ӑ Ӓ Ә Ӛ Ӕ Ғ Ҕ
Ӻ Ӷ Ԁ Ԃ Ӗ Ӂ Җ
Ӝ Ԅ Ҙ Ӟ Ԑ Ӡ Ԇ
Ӣ Ҋ Ӥ Қ Ӄ Ҡ Ҟ
Ҝ Ԟ Ԛ Ӆ Ԓ Ԡ Ԉ
Ԕ Ӎ Ӊ Ң Ӈ Ҥ Ԣ
Ԋ Ӧ Ө Ӫ Ҩ Ҧ Ҏ
Ԗ Ҫ Ԍ Ҭ Ԏ Ӯ Ӱ
Ӳ Ү Ұ Ҳ Ӽ Ӿ Һ
Ҵ Ҷ Ӵ Ӌ Ҹ Ҽ Ҿ
Ӹ Ҍ Ӭ Ԙ Ԝ Ӏ  
Old letters
Ҁ Ѻ ОУ Ѡ Ѿ Ѣ
Ѥ Ѧ Ѫ Ѩ Ѭ Ѯ Ѱ
Ѳ Ѵ        
List of Cyrillic letters
Cyrillic digraphs

Ze (З, з) is the eighth letter in the Cyrillic alphabet. It sounds like [z]. It looks like a 3, and can be mixed up with Э.

It came from the Greek letter zeta and is the same s the Roman letter Z.

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