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U+203B, ※

General Punctuation


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Glyph origin[edit]

Likely derived from the (rice, uncooked rice) character.[1] Used on signage for rice sellers.[1]

Punctuation mark[edit]

  1. similar in function to an asterisk or bullet point

Usage notes[edit]

In Japanese, it is called the 米印 (komejirushi, literally rice mark, rice symbol) because it looks like (kome), the kanji for uncooked rice.

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006), 大辞林 (in Japanese), Third edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN


Punctuation mark[edit]

  1. A reference mark used at the beginning of a note.

Usage notes[edit]

Known variously in Korean as the 참고표(參考標) (chamgopyo( 參考標 ), reference mark) or 당구장표(撞球場標) (danggujangpyo( 撞球場標 ), billiard-table mark).


Punctuation mark[edit]


  1. A character used to separate paragraphs.