digamma

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di·gam·ma

 (dī-găm′ə)
n.
A letter occurring in certain early forms of Greek and transliterated in English as w.

[Latin, from Greek : di-, two; see di-1 + gamma, gamma (because its shape resembles two gammas); see gamma.]

digamma

(daɪˈɡæmə)
n
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a letter of the Greek alphabet (Ϝ) that became obsolete before the classical period of the language. It represented a semivowel like English W and was used as a numeral in later stages of written Greek, and passed into the Roman alphabet as F
[C17: via Latin from Greek, from di-1 + gamma; from its shape, which suggests one gamma upon another]

di•gam•ma

(daɪˈgæm ə)

n., pl. -mas.
a letter of the early Greek alphabet that represented a sound similar to English w and fell into disuse before the classical period.
[1545–55; < Latin < Greek dígamma]
Translations
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References in classic literature ?
1) In diction, dialect and style it is obviously dependent upon Homer, and is therefore considerably later than the "Iliad" and "Odyssey": moreover, as we have seen, it is in revolt against the romantic school, already grown decadent, and while the digamma is still living, it is obviously growing weak, and is by no means uniformly effective.