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Æolic Digamma

Æol′ic Digamma

An ancient Greek letter (Ϝ), sounded like our w. Thus oinos with the digamma was sounded woinos; whence the Latin vinum, our wine. Gamma, or g, was shaped thus Г, hence digamma = double g.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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