Ot (Ѿ ѿ; italics: Ѿ ѿ) is a letter of the early Cyrillic alphabet. Though it originated as a ligature of the letters Omega (Ѡ ѡ) and Te (Т т), it functions as a discrete letter of the alphabet, placed between х and ц. This can be seen in the first printed Cyrillic abecedarium (illustrated), and continues in modern usage.
Ot is used in Church Slavonic to represent the preposition о��ъ 'from' and prefix от-. It does not stand for this sequence of letters in any other context, nor can the sequence от be substituted for it where it does occur. It is used with a similar purpose in mediaeval manuscripts of other Slavonic languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet. In printed books ѿ is often used in preference to (ѡ҃) for the numeral 800.
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER OT||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER OT|
|UTF-8||209 190||D1 BE||209 191||D1 BF|
|Numeric character reference||Ѿ||Ѿ||ѿ||ѿ|
- Note that Ivan Fedorov’s alphabet does not include ѡ (though it does include ѽ). This is because it does include ѻ, which was considered orthographically equivalent; one may compare the alphabet from Spiridon Sobol’s abecedarium of 1631, which has ѡ where Ivan Fedorov has ѻ.
- Иеромонах Алипий, Грамматика церковно-славянского языка, Saint Petersburg, 1997, p. 17