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- n. A diacritical mark: 〈ˇ〉, usually resembling an inverted circumflex, but in the cases of ď, Ľ, ľ, and ť, taking instead a form similar to a prime: 〈′〉.
First attested in 1951; from the Czech háček ("háček", literally "little hook"), the diminutive form of hák (“hook”, from the Middle High German hāken, from the Old High German hāko, “hook”, from the Proto-Germanic *hakô, “hook”, from the Proto-Indo-European *keg-, *keng-, “peg”, “hook”) + the diminutive suffix -ek; parallel to the formation of the English hooklet and the German Häkchen; cognate with the German Haken ("hook"), the Old English haca ("hook”, “door-fastening"), and the Modern English hook and hake (more information sub verbis). (Wiktionary)
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