U+25C9 was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block Geometric Shapes in the Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Other Symbol and is commonly used, that is, in no specific script. The character is also known as tainome (Japanese, a kind of bullet).

The glyph is not a composition. It has a Neutral East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Other Neutral and is not mirrored. In text U+25C9 behaves as Alphabetic regarding line breaks. It has type Other for sentence and Other for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Any.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

The circled dot, circumpunct, or circle with a point at its centre is an ancient symbol. It can represent:

Solar system
  • Solar symbol used to represent the Sun
  • Solar mass (astronomy)
  • The sun / Gold (Alchemical symbols)
  • The sun / Ra (Egyptian hieroglyphs)
  • The sun / a day (Chinese oracle script, the modern character being 日)
Religion and philosophy
  • Keter, (Kabbalah)
  • Spirit, (Ojibwa)
Language and linguistics
  • Bilabial clicks (International Phonetic Alphabet)
  • Hwair (Gothic alphabet)
  • Tha (Brāhmī script)
  • Eye (Blissymbols)
  • Fisheye ◉ (Unicode Geometric Shapes)
Other uses
  • A nazar is a circled-dot-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye
  • Center of pressure
  • Mensuration sign for 9/8 meter
  • Used, or cancelled, stamp (philately)
  • The trademark of the Target Corporation
  • As a symbol of an Entered Apprentice Freemason
  • City centre (European road-signs)
  • End of trail. Gone home. (scouting)
  • The Symbol of "Waterhole" in the Australian Aboroginies Symbol resembles the Circumpunct
  • In Germany it is symbol for a "Gestempelte Briefmarke" (canceled stamp), while a star means "postfrisch" (mint Stamp)
  • In geometry, it is often the symbol for a circle


System Representation
UTF-8 E2 97 89
UTF-16 25 C9
UTF-32 00 00 25 C9
URL-Quoted %E2%97%89
HTML-Escape ◉
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake ◉
alias tainome (Japanese, a kind of bullet)


Complete Record

Property Value
Age (age) 1.1
Unicode Name (na) FISHEYE
Unicode 1 Name (na1)
Block (blk) Geometric_Shapes
General Category (gc) Other Symbol
Script (sc) Common
Bidirectional Category (bc) Other Neutral
Combining Class (ccc) Not Reordered
Decomposition Type (dt) None
Decomposition Mapping (dm) ◉
Lowercase (Lower)
Simple Lowercase Mapping (slc) ◉
Lowercase Mapping (lc) ◉
Uppercase (Upper)
Simple Uppercase Mapping (suc) ◉
Uppercase Mapping (uc) ◉
Simple Titlecase Mapping (stc) ◉
Titlecase Mapping (tc) ◉
Case Folding (cf) ◉
ASCII Hex Digit (AHex)
Alphabetic (Alpha)
Bidi Control (Bidi_C)
Bidi Mirrored (Bidi_M)
Bidi Paired Bracket (bpb) ◉
Bidi Paired Bracket Type (bpt) None
Cased (Cased)
Composition Exclusion (CE)
Case Ignorable (CI)
Full Composition Exclusion (Comp_Ex)
Changes When Casefolded (CWCF)
Changes When Casemapped (CWCM)
Changes When NFKC Casefolded (CWKCF)
Changes When Lowercased (CWL)
Changes When Titlecased (CWT)
Changes When Uppercased (CWU)
Dash (Dash)
Deprecated (Dep)
Default Ignorable Code Point (DI)
Diacritic (Dia)
East Asian Width (ea) Neutral
Extender (Ext)
FC NFKC Closure (FC_NFKC) ◉
Grapheme Cluster Break (GCB) Any
Grapheme Base (Gr_Base)
Grapheme Extend (Gr_Ext)
Hex Digit (Hex)
Hangul Syllable Type (hst) Not Applicable
Hyphen (Hyphen)
ID Continue (IDC)
Ideographic (Ideo)
ID Start (IDS)
IDS Binary Operator (IDSB)
IDS Trinary Operator and (IDST)
Indic Positional Category (InPC) NA
Indic Syllabic Category (InSC) Other
ISO 10646 Comment (isc)
Joining Group (jg) No_Joining_Group
Join Control (Join_C)
Jamo Short Name (JSN)
Joining Type (jt) Non Joining
Line Break (lb) Alphabetic
Logical Order Exception (LOE)
Math (Math)
Noncharacter Code Point (NChar)
NFC Quick Check (NFC_QC) Yes
NFD Quick Check (NFD_QC) Yes
NFKC Casefold (NFKC_CF) ◉
NFKC Quick Check (NFKC_QC) Yes
NFKD Quick Check (NFKD_QC) Yes
Numeric Type (nt) None
Numeric Value (nv) NaN
Other Alphabetic (OAlpha)
Other Default Ignorable Code Point (ODI)
Other Grapheme Extend (OGr_Ext)
Other ID Continue (OIDC)
Other ID Start (OIDS)
Other Lowercase (OLower)
Other Math (OMath)
Other Uppercase (OUpper)
Pattern Syntax (Pat_Syn)
Pattern White Space (Pat_WS)
Quotation Mark (QMark)
Radical (Radical)
Sentence Break (SB) Other
Simple Case Folding (scf) ◉
Script Extension (scx) Common
Soft Dotted (SD)
STerm (STerm)
Terminal Punctuation (Term)
Unified Ideograph (UIdeo)
Variation Selector (VS)
Word Break (WB) Other
White Space (WSpace)
XID Continue (XIDC)
XID Start (XIDS)
Expands On NFC (XO_NFC)
Expands On NFD (XO_NFD)
Expands On NFKC (XO_NFKC)
Expands On NFKD (XO_NFKD)