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LATIN CAPITAL LETTER W
V
[U+0056]
Basic Latin X
[U+0058]
U+FF37, W
FULLWIDTH LATIN CAPITAL LETTER W

[U+FF36]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF38]

Translingual

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English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology

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From a modification of the Latin letter V (ve), from the Etruscan letter 𐌖 (u, u), from the Ancient Greek letter Υ (U, ypsilon), derived from the Phoenician letter 𐤅 (w, waw), from the Egyptian hieroglyph 𓏲.

Its use as a symbol for tungsten is based on German Wolfram.

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W (lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.

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Symbol

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W

  1. (chemistry) Symbol for tungsten.
  2. (metrology) Symbol for watt.
  3. (biochemistry) IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for tryptophan.
  4. (physics) work
  5. (Voice Quality Symbols) whisper

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English

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Pronunciation

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Name of letter

Etymology 1

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W (upper case, lower case w, plural Ws or W's)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, called double U and written in the Latin script.
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Etymology 2

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Abbreviations of various words beginning with W.

Noun

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W (plural Ws)

  1. Abbreviation of women (sign on toilet door).
    Coordinate term: M (men)
    • 2001, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections, New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 332:
      From the Kierkegaard Room he lopingly careened through a red-carpeted hallway that had previously vouchsafed him a comfort station but this morning seemed all business, no M or W in sight, just salons and boutiques and the Ingmar Bergman Cinema.
  2. (uncountable) Abbreviation of west.
    Coordinate terms: E (east), N (north), S (south)
  3. Abbreviation of Wednesday.
    Synonyms: Wed, Wed.
    Coordinate terms: Su, M, Tu, Th, F, Sa
  4. (sports) Abbreviation of wins (statistic).
    Coordinate terms: L (losses), T (ties)
  5. (cricket) Abbreviation of wicket.
  6. (law enforcement) Abbreviation of warrant.
  7. (Internet slang, countable) A win.
    Coordinate term: L
    Will this be a W live stream?
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Noun

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W

  1. (stenoscript) Abbreviation of week.
  2. (stenoscript) Abbreviation of west.

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W

  1. (US politics, informal) George W. Bush (born 1946), the 43rd president of the United States (2001–2009).
    Synonyms: Dubya, GWB

Etymology 3

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From noun sense 7 ("win"), which is in turn from noun sense 4 ("wins" as a statistic in sport).

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W (comparative more W, superlative most W)

  1. (slang) Excellent, top-notch.
    Antonym: L
    You, sir, are a W man.

Afar

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W

  1. The twentieth letter in the Afar alphabet.

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Afrikaans

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Pronunciation

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  • (letter name): IPA(key): /vɪə/

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Afrikaans alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Noun

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W (plural W's, diminutive W'tjie)

  1. W

Basque

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ube bikoi̯t͡s̻/, [u.β̞e̞ β̞i.ko̞i̯t͡s̻]

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Basque alphabet, called uve bikoitz and written in the Latin script.

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  • Used chiefly in recent loanwords and foreign proper nouns.

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Central Franconian

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Etymology

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  • /ʋ/ is from West Germanic stem-initial *w.
  • For the origin of /v/, see V.

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  • /ʋ/, (chiefly Moselle Franconian also) /v/, (coda) [f]

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W

  1. A letter in the German-based alphabet of Central Franconian.
  2. A letter in the Dutch-based alphabet of Central Franconian.

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Chinese

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Etymology 1

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W

  1. (Internet slang) Alternative form of (wàn)

Etymology 2

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Pronunciation 1

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Note: buliu often merged into one syllable..
Note: dap1 bou4 ju4, dap1 - Hong Kong.
Note:
  • 4peq can be voiced;
  • 3li&4eq often realised as one syllable.
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    W

    1. The twenty-third letter of the Latin alphabet.

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    W

    1. The twenty-third letter used in Pinyin.
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    • 《汉语拼音方案》 defines a standard pronunciation for each letter. However, these pronunciations are rarely used in education; another pronunciation is commonly used instead.
    • The pronunciation above are only used while referring to letters in Pinyin. They are not used in other context (such as English).

    Danish

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    • IPA(key): /dɔbəlveː/, [ˈd̥ʌb̥əlˌveːˀ]

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    W (lowercase w)

    1. the twenty-third letter of the Danish alphabet

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    Dutch

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    W (capital, lowercase w)

    1. The twenty-third letter of the Dutch alphabet.

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    W

    1. Abbreviation of west; west

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    • Previous letter: V
    • Next letter: X

    Esperanto

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    Noun

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    W

    1. Abbreviation of uesto (west).

    Finnish

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    Etymology

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    The Finnish orthography using the Latin script was based on those of Swedish, German and Latin, and was first used in the mid-16th century. No earlier script is known. See the Wikipedia article on Finnish for more information, and W for information on the development of the glyph itself.

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. A letter of the Finnish alphabet, called kaksoisvee and written in the Latin script.

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    • In the Finnish alphabet, W is a variant of V.
    • Used only in loanwords, old/archaic language and proper names with old spelling (e.g. Wirtanen). Specifically, W was still used when Finnish was typed in fraktur (blackletter), but as the Roman type replaced it in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, V took its place.

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    compounds

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    German

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    Pronunciation

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    • (letter name) IPA(key): /veː/
    • (phoneme) IPA(key): /v/, [v], [ʋ]
      • /v/ is almost invariably [ʋ] in schw-, zw- (and qu-). Otherwise both are in free variation; as a broad tendency [v] is more northern, [ʋ] more southern.

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-third letter of the German alphabet.

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    W

    1. Abbreviation of West (west)

    Hungarian

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    Pronunciation

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    • (phoneme): IPA(key): [ˈv]
    • (letter name): IPA(key): [ˈduplɒveː]

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. A letter of the extended Hungarian alphabet, called dupla vé and written in the Latin script.

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    Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, front unrounded harmony)
    singular plural
    nominative W W-k
    accusative W-t W-ket
    dative W-nek W-knek
    instrumental W-vel W-kkel
    causal-final W-ért W-kért
    translative W-vé W-kké
    terminative W-ig W-kig
    essive-formal W-ként W-kként
    essive-modal
    inessive W-ben W-kben
    superessive W-n W-ken
    adessive W-nél W-knél
    illative W-be W-kbe
    sublative W-re W-kre
    allative W-hez W-khez
    elative W-ből W-kből
    delative W-ről W-kről
    ablative W-től W-ktől
    non-attributive
    possessive - singular
    W-é W-ké
    non-attributive
    possessive - plural
    W-éi W-kéi
    Possessive forms of W
    possessor single possession multiple possessions
    1st person sing. W-m W-im
    2nd person sing. W-d W-id
    3rd person sing. W-je W-i
    1st person plural W-nk W-ink
    2nd person plural W-tek W-itek
    3rd person plural W-jük W-ik

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    W (lower case w)

    1. The twenty-third letter of the Ido alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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    Italian

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    Pronunciation

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    • (letter name):
    • (phonemic realization) IPA(key): /v/, /w/ (varies depending on the source language of the loanword)

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    W f or m (invariable, upper case, lower case w)

    1. the twenty-third letter of the Latin alphabet, called doppia vu or vu doppia in Italian

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    • The letter W is not considered part of the Italian alphabet. It is found mainly in loanwords.

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    W

    1. viva, evviva (up with)
      Antonym: M (down with)

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    Japanese

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    Noun

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    W(ダブル) (daburu

    1. Alternative spelling of ダブル (double)

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    Kashubian

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    Etymology

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    The Kashubian orthography is based on the Latin alphabet. No earlier script is known. See the Kashubian alphabet article on Wikipedia for more, and W for development of the glyph itself.

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The thirtieth letter of the Kashubian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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    Lower Sorbian

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    W (lower case w)

    1. The thirtieth letter of the Lower Sorbian alphabet, called wej and written in the Latin script.

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    Malay

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    • (Name of letter) IPA(key): [dabliu], [dabəliu], [dabəlju], [dablju]
    • (Phoneme) IPA(key): [w]

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    W

    1. The twenty-third letter of the Malay alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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    Norwegian

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    W (upper case W, lower case w)

    1. the 23th letter of the Norwegian alphabet

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    Only in loan words and foreign names. Also used in old inscriptions and texts instead of v.

    Nupe

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-seventh letter of the Nupe alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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    Polish

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    Etymology

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    The Polish orthography is based on the Latin alphabet. No earlier script is known. See the history of Polish orthography article on Wikipedia for more, and W for development of the glyph itself.

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Polish alphabet, called wu and written in the Latin script.

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    Portuguese

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-third letter of the Portuguese alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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    Romani

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. A letter used to represent the voiced labial-velar approximant (/w/) in the International Standard orthography.

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    • Yūsuke Sumi (2018) “w”, in ニューエクスプレス ロマ(ジプシー)語 [New Express Romani (Gypsy)] (in Japanese), Tokyo: Hakusuisha, →ISBN, page 16

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Romanian alphabet, called dublu ve or dublu vî and written in the Latin script.

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    Used chiefly in recent loanwords and foreign proper nouns.

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    Saanich

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    W

    1. The thirty-third letter of the Saanich alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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    Silesian

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    Etymology

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    The Silesian orthography is based on the Latin alphabet. No earlier script is known. See the Silesian language article on Wikipedia for more, and W for development of the glyph itself.

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The thirtieth letter of the Silesian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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    Slovene

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    W (capital, lowercase w)

    1. The thirty-second letter of the Slovene alphabet (Resian), written in the Latin script.

    Somali

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    • (phoneme): IPA(key): /w/, /u̯/, /ʉ̯/
    • (letter name): IPA(key): /wæʉ̯/

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    W upper case (lower case w)

    1. The twentieth letter of the Somali alphabet, called waw and written in the Latin script.

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    1. The twentieth letter of the Somali alphabet, which follows Arabic abjad order. It is preceded by N and followed by H.

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    Spanish

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    • IPA(key): (phoneme) /w/, /ɡw/, /β/
    • IPA(key): (letter name) /ˌube ˈdoble/ [ˌu.β̞e ˈð̞o.β̞le]
    • IPA(key): (letter name) /ˈdoble ˌbe/ [ˈd̪o.β̞le ˌβ̞e]

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. the 24th letter of the Spanish alphabet
      Synonyms: (Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico) doble u, (Latin America) doble ve, (Spain) uve doble, (Peru) ve doble

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    Swedish

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    Etymology

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    Borrowed from German W and English W, derived from Latin V, derived from Latin U.[1] First attested in 1717.[2]

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. the 23rd (or optional) letter of the Swedish alphabet

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    • In some situations, such as in URLs, the pronunciation of the separate letter is identical to that of V.
    • The letter is often described as an optional inclusion to the Swedish alphabet.
    • Since 2006 the letter has been categorised as a separate letter by the dictionary Svenska Akademins Ordlista (SAOL). Before that, it was viewed as a variant of the letter V and sorted thereunder.[3]

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    Tagalog

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    Etymology

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    Borrowed from English W. Each pronunciation has a different source:

    • Filipino alphabet pronunciation is influenced by English W.
    • Abakada alphabet pronunciation is influenced by Baybayin character (wa).

    Formerly, the letter U was used to represent /w/ in the Spanish-based orthography.

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    W (upper case, lower case w, Baybayin spelling ᜇᜓᜊᜓᜎ᜔ᜌᜓ)

    1. The twenty-fifth letter of the Tagalog alphabet (the Filipino alphabet), called dobolyu and written in the Latin script.

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    W (upper case, lower case w, Baybayin spelling )

    1. The nineteenth letter of the Tagalog alphabet (the Abakada alphabet), called wa and written in the Latin script.

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    • W”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018

    Welsh

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Welsh alphabet, called w and written in the Latin script. It is preceded by U and followed by Y.

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    • W cannot be mutated but when representing a vowel, does take h-prothesis, for example with the word wy (egg):
    Welsh mutation
    radical soft nasal h-prothesis
    wy unchanged unchanged hwy
    Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
    • However, when it represents the semivowel /w/, W cannot be mutated.
    Welsh mutation
    radical soft nasal h-prothesis
    wal unchanged unchanged unchanged
    Irregular.

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    Further reading

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    • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “W”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

    Yoruba

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Yoruba alphabet, called and written in the Latin script.

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    Zulu

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    W (upper case, lower case w)

    1. The twenty-third letter of the Zulu alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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