This text is from a facsimile of a 1949 manuscript of that quotes Psalm 106 (107), and the quoted passage is from verse 26.


The word is that uses the symbol is "usque" Latin for "always" but "-que" means "and".

What is the name of the last symbol on the first line and the highlighted symbol? Is there a Unicode for the symbol?

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    Searching for "que ligature" I find two questions on other stacks that answer your question. This on literature and this on tex.
    – Wolff
    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:33
  • I found one in Latin also. Perhaps it was a precursor to the semicolon. Jul 18, 2021 at 16:56
  • Usque means ‘always’, not ‘and’ (although the suffix -que does mean ‘and’). It’s not related to the semicolon, which was invented from scratch by Aldus Manutius in Italy in 1496. Its meaning and usage has varied considerably, but a ligature for et being used with the letter q to write the sequence que is not related to it. Jul 19, 2021 at 10:56

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It is a ligature between q and U+A76B LATIN SMALL LETTER ET. The ligature itself in encoded in the private use area of the Medieval Unicode Font Initative MUFI as U+E8BF LATIN SMALL LETTER Q LIGATED WITH FINAL ET.

It was encoded in the Latin Extended-D block, with many other medieval abbreviation characters from the MUFI following this proposal.

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