- Ze (Cyrillic)
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Ze (З, з) is a letter of the
Cyrillic alphabet, representing the consonant IPA|/z/. It's easily confusable with the figure three (3), as in the stages of the N1 rocket. It can also be confused with the Russian letter Э, which represents a sound like in "bad".
The pronunciation of "з" is exactly like "z" in the Latin alphabet, except word-finally and before voiceless consonants, when it represents a voiceless IPA| [s] or followed by "ь" or any of the
palatalizingvowels, when it represents IPA|/zʲ/ as in Russian зеркало IPA| [ˈzʲɛr.kə.lə] ('mirror').
Cyrillic ze is derived from the Greek letter Zeta (Ζ, ζ).
Early Cyrillic alphabet usage
Early Cyrillic alphabetused Zemlya (majuscule: unicode|Ꙁ, minuscule: unicode|ꙁ) and was removed with this letter later on. The shape looked like a Latin Zwith a tail on the bottom.
A proposed version of the Latin alphabet for the
Montenegrin languageincludes the letter З to represent the phoneme /dz/.
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