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- noun Used to represent the so called sonus medius, a short vowel sound between U and I before labial consonants in Latin words such as
optumusand optimus, later used as a variant of yin inscriptions for Greek upsilon (as in Olympicus), possibly inspired by an early form of the spiritus asper.
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Created by the Roman Emperor Claudius.
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