En-ge (Ҥ ҥ; italics: Ҥ ҥ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script used only in non-Slavic languages. The shape of the letter originated as a ligature of the Cyrillic letters en (Н н) and ge (Г г), but en-ge is used as a separate letter in alphabets.
It represents the velar nasal /ŋ/, like the pronunciation of ⟨ng⟩ in "sing".
Ҥ is romanized using Ṅ, Ng, or even Ŋ.
En-ge is used in the alphabets of the Aleut, Altai, Meadow Mari, and Yakut languages.
In certain Old Slavonic manuscripts, a character of the same or similar shape could be used to represent palatalized /nʲ/, a role similar to modern Serbian/Macedonian letter nje (Њ њ). These manuscripts also may contain similarly built characters for palatalized Д, З, Л and Р.
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LIGATURE EN GHE||CYRILLIC SMALL LIGATURE EN GHE|
|UTF-8||210 164||D2 A4||210 165||D2 A5|
|Numeric character reference||Ҥ
Related letters and other similar characters
- Ң ң : Cyrillic letter en with descender
- Ӈ ӈ : Cyrillic letter en with hook
- Ŋ ŋ : Latin letter eng
- Ꞑ ꞑ : Latin letter n with descender
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