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Ϝ ϝϝ), also <*>, sixth letter of the oldest Gr. alphabets, pronounced like Engl.
A.w, IG9(1).334 (Locr., V B.C.), 4.333, 14.2420, Alcm. 23.6, Sapph.Supp.1.6, Corinn.ib.1.29, etc.; it was written in many dialects until ii B.C. (and pronounced even later); in others (incl. Ion. and Att.) it died out (with the sound) before the date of the earliest Inscrr., surviving only as a numeral,= 6, in the form <*>, SIG 46.106 (Halic., V B.C.), IG12.760 (Athens, V B.C.), PCair.Zen.13.4 (iii B.C.), BMus.Cat.Coins, Egypt Pl.XVI4 (200/199 B.C.), later in the form ζ, ib.Egypt Pl.XXX5 (47 B.C.), PMag.Lond.121.770 (iii A.D., Pl.61) and medieval Mss. Its name was ϝαῦ (cf. Semitic wāw) acc. to Varro and Didymus (v. Varro LLp.209 G.-S.), later δίγαμμα (q.v.). (Words with initial ϝ will bc found under the second letter.)
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