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Ka (К к; italics: К к) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
It commonly represents the voiceless velar plosive /k/, like the pronunciation of ⟨k⟩ in "king".
The Cyrillic letter Ka was derived from the Greek letter Kappa (Κ κ).
In the Early Cyrillic alphabet its name was како (kako), meaning "as".
In the Cyrillic numeral system, Ka had a value of 20.
The Cyrillic letter Ka looks very similar, and corresponds to the Latin letter K. In some fonts, Cyrillic Ka is generally differentiated from its Latin and Greek counterparts by drawing its diagonal spurs with curves instead of straight lines. In other fonts, the lowercase form of Ka has the vertical bar elongated above x-height, thus resembling the Latin lowercase K.
In Russian, the letter Ka represents the plain voiceless velar plosive /k/ or the palatalized one /kʲ/; for example, the word короткий ("short") contains both the kinds: [kɐˈrotkʲɪj]. The palatalized variant is pronounced when the following letter in the word is ь, е, ё, и, ю, or я.
In Macedonian it always represents the sound /k/.
Related letters and other similar characters
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KA||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KA|
|UTF-8||208 154||D0 9A||208 186||D0 BA|
|Numeric character reference||К
|Named character reference||К||к|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||235||EB||203||CB|
|Code page 855||199||C7||198||C6|
|Code page 866||138||8A||170||AA|