An adaptation of the Ancient Greek and Modern Greek letter γ (“gamma”). In Greek, γ in most contexts represents a voiced velar fricative, and has done so since Koine Greek, which is why it was chosen as the IPA letter to represent that sound (in Ancient times, in Attic Greek, γ represented [ɡ], like the English g).
Sometimes confused with the unrounded back vowel letter ram's horns (ɤ), which unlike ɣ does not drop below the baseline.
ɣ (upper case Ɣ)
- A letter of some African alphabets representing voiced velar fricative.