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The eleventh letter of the Latin alphabet, K comes from the Greek Κ or κ (Kappa) developed from the Semitic Kap, symbol for an open hand. The Semitic sound value /k/ was maintained in most Classic as well as Modern Languages, although Latin abandoned K almost completely, preferring C. Therefore, the Romance languages have K only in foreign words.

In the International phonetic alphabet, [k] is the symbol for the voiceless velar plosive


Alternate representations

Kilo represents the letter K in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

In international Morse code the letter K is DahDitDah: - · -

In Braille the letter K is represented as (in Unicode), the dot pattern,



In Unicode the capital K is codepoint U+004B and the lowercase k is U+006B.

The ASCII code for capital K is 75 and for lowercase k is 107; or in binary 01001011 and 01101011, correspondingly.

The EBCDIC code for capital K is 210, and for lowercase k, 146.

The numeric character references in HTML and XML are "K" and "k" for upper and lower case respectively.

Meanings for K

See also

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