I found it in an old dictionary and I'm not sure what it means. It looks like the number "3", but the top of the three has been flattened(and slightly curved).

I've only seen this in three or four words.

[Link to a dictionary on Amazon]

  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogh ?
    – mgb
    Dec 26, 2014 at 23:23
  • See english.stackexchange.com/questions/58470/…
    – tchrist
    Dec 26, 2014 at 23:48
  • "Yogh, to me, resembles a three / a little bit flattened above / and sounds a note so deep in the throat / as only the Dutch could love ...." -- from Cat Faber, Yogh and Aesh and Thorn, which borrows Kipling's Oak and Ash and Thorn to discuss lingustic history.
    – keshlam
    Dec 27, 2014 at 1:55
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    Ezh was the symbol I was looking for, however thanks for also bringing to my attention "Yogh"! Also @tchrist, thanks for the link to the question.
    – Shyy Guy
    Dec 27, 2014 at 4:00

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I can't follow that link to anything useful, but pending the addition of a picture to the question I'll provisionally suggest that what you describe sounds like it is could just about be the letter yogh (capital Ȝ, lowercase ȝ), but more likely the letter ezh (capital Ʒ, lowercase ʒ).

ʒ was invented for a system of English phonetics, and survives in the IPA.

There was also an old scribal abbreviation for the unit dram/drachm that was so close to ʒ in appearance that the symbols are essentially merged at least as far as modern computing use goes (though some use ȝ rather than ʒ there).

  • There's also yogh, ȝ. Dec 27, 2014 at 5:04
  • @JohnLawler as mentioned.
    – Jon Hanna
    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:39

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