Omega + upsilon ligature?

From: Marco Cimarosti (
Date: Wed Oct 02 2002 - 07:38:54 EDT

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    I am trying to identify a Greek glyph found in an ancient Latin text. I have
    not seen what it looks like, but it has been described to me as an "8" with
    the top circle opened.

    The sign was in a word looking like "8???" ("8rn") and which, according to
    the text, corresponds to Latin "urina". If I understand correctly, the text
    also says that this sign is a diphthong which in Doric was substituted by a
    plain "?" (omega): "Nam olem a Graecis per <8> diphthongum scribebatur, quae
    Dorice in ? solet commutari".

    Therefore, I tentatively identified the word as "?????" ("urn"), and the
    unknown glyph ligature as an "??" ligature ("u": omegha + upsilon).

    Does anyone know whether such a ligature actually existed in old typography?
    And was it anything like an open "8"?

    Thanks in advance for any info.

    _ Marco

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