A glyph (/ɡlɪf/) is any kind of purposeful mark. In typography, a glyph is "the specific shape, design, or representation of a character".[1] It is a particular graphical representation, in a particular typeface, of an element of written language. A grapheme, or part of a grapheme (such as a diacritic), or sometimes several graphemes in combination (a composed glyph)[lower-alpha 1] can be represented by a glyph.

Various glyphs representing the lower case letter "a"; they are allographs of the grapheme a

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