diacritical

diacritical
diacritic NOUN a sign, such as an accent, written above or below a letter to indicate a difference in pronunciation from the same letter when unmarked.
DERIVATIVES diacritical adjective.
ORIGIN Greek diakritikos, from diakrinein 'distinguish' .

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  • diacritical mark — n. any of various marks, as a macron or cedilla, added to a letter or symbol to indicate its pronunciation or to distinguish it in some way * * * …   Universalium

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