Ksi (Cyrillic Letter)
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Ksi Cyrillic Letter
Cyrillic letter Ksi
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Numeric value:60
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
Non-Slavic letters
Archaic letters
An example of the use of Ksi after it was formally abolished: a civil census 1782 (GATO, f. 389, cat. 1, case 2, p. 146)

Ksi (?, ?) is a letter of the early Cyrillic alphabet, derived from the Greek letter Xi (?, ?). It was mainly used in Greek loanwords, especially words relating to the Church.

Ksi was eliminated from the Russian alphabet along with psi, omega, and yus in the Civil Script of 1708 (Peter the Great's Grazhdanka), and has also been dropped from other secular languages. It was briefly restored in 1710 and ultimately removed in 1735. While it was no longer used in typographic fonts, it continued to be used by the church, and since clergy actively participated in civil censuses, Ksi can be found in multiple handwritten civil texts all the way until the early 1800s.

It represented "60" if used as a number.[1]

Computing codes

Character information
Preview Ѯ ѯ
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1134 U+046E 1135 U+046F
UTF-8 209 174 D1 AE 209 175 D1 AF
Numeric character reference Ѯ Ѯ ѯ ѯ


  1. ^ omniglot.com; retrieved 2010-11-20

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