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noun 
  1. A hí¡Ä¨ek or inverted circumflex; a diacritical mark (ˇ) placed over a letter; on consonants indicates palatalization, and from its shape is used on pinyin vowels to mark the third (falling-rising) tone.
Etymology: Etymology unknown; first appears in standards documents with no explanation. Possibly derived from caret after its similar shape (^), and with -on either from macron or as an augmentative after reanalysis of -et as a diminutive.


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