Psi (Cyrillic)
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Psi Cyrillic
Cyrillic letter ? ?.svg
Numeric value:700
The Cyrillic script
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Psi (?, ?; italics: ? ?) is a letter in the early Cyrillic alphabet, derived from the Greek letter psi (?, ?). It represents the sound /ps/, as in English naps. According to the school rules developed in the 16th and the 17th centuries, such as Meletius Smotrytsky's grammar book, it was intended for use in words of Greek origin, but it was occasionally used for writing native words as well like Ukrainian (psy, "dogs").[1] It was used especially in words relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church, as can be seen in its continuing use in Church Slavonic.

Psi was eliminated from the Russian orthography along with ksi, omega, and yus in the Civil Script of 1708 (Peter the Great's Grazhdansky Shrift), and it has also been dropped from other secular languages. It continues to be used in Church Slavonic.

Computing codes

Character information
Preview Ѱ ѱ
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1136 U+0470 1137 U+0471
UTF-8 209 176 D1 B0 209 177 D1 B1
Numeric character reference Ѱ Ѱ ѱ ѱ

See also

Psi (disambiguation), for other meanings.


  1. ^ Simovy? 1963, p 515a.


  • Cyrillic alphabet () at Omniglot
  • Simovy?, V. and J.B. Rudnycky, "The History of Ukrainian Orthography", in Kubijovy?, Volodymyr ed. (1963), Ukraine: A Concise Encyclopædia, v 1. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-3105-6.

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