Rahul Sharma

Arabic star

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The Arabic star is a punctuation mark developed to be distinct from the asterisk (*). The asterisk had existed in feudal times, and the original shape of the asterisk was six-pointed, each point like a teardrop coming from the center. However, some typewriters had difficulty printing the six arms distinctly.

Contents

The Arabic star is given a distinct character in Unicode, U+066D ٭ Arabic five pointed star (HTML ٭ · noted: "Appearance rather variable"), in the range Arabic punctuation.

Variants

In many modern fonts, however, the asterisk is five-pointed, and the Arabic star is sometimes six- or eight-pointed. The two symbols are compared below (the display depends on your browser's font).

Unicode

In Unicode, Arabic and similar stars are encoded at:

  • U+066D ٭ arabic five pointed star (HTML ٭)
  • U+06DE ۞ ARABIC STAR OF RUB EL HIZB (HTML ۞)
  • References

    Arabic star Wikipedia


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