See also: Appendix:Variations of "o", 0, ㇣, ㅇ, and ◯
Glyph origin 1Edit
It is considered a placeholder for a missing Chinese character. Used to express a zero digit in a number since at least the (c.) 12th century, perhaps even earlier than the concept "zero" appeared in the Chinese language. Also written as □ in early literature.
|For pronunciation and definitions of 〇 – see 零 (“fragmentary; scattered; fraction; remainder; etc.”).|
(This character, 〇, is a variant form of 零.)
十千 (Malaysia, Singapore)
萬億／万亿 (Mainland China)
Glyph origin 2Edit
Coined by Chinese empress regnant Wu Zetian. One of the Chinese characters of Empress Wu.
|For pronunciation and definitions of 〇 – see 星 (“star; planet; heavenly body; star-shaped object; etc.”).|
(This character, 〇, is a variant form of 星.)
- Used to write zero in kanji positional notation.
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- See ○ for the plain circle.