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Glyph origin 1
A placeholder for a missing Chinese character. Used to express a zero digit in a number since at least the 12th century, perhaps even earlier than the concept "zero" appeared in the Chinese language. Also written as □ in some early literatures.
|For pronunciation and definitions of 〇 – see 零 (“drizzle; to fall; etc.”).|
(This character, 〇, is a variant form of 零.)
萬億／万亿 (Mainland China)
Glyph origin 2
|For pronunciation and definitions of 〇 – see 星 (“star; planet; heavenly body; star-shaped object; etc.”).|
(This character, 〇, is a variant form of 星.)
- 2007 July 23
- Not formal, but used to write decimal numbers in positional notation.