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Glyph for U+FE61
Source: Noto CJK

U+FE61 Small Asterisk

U+FE61 was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block U+FE50 to U+FE6F Small Form Variants in the U+0000 to U+FFFF Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Other Punctuation and is commonly used, that is, in no specific script.

The glyph is a Small composition of the glyph Glyph for U+002A Asterisk. It has a Wide East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Other Neutral and is not mirrored. In text U+FE61 behaves as Ideographic 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 asterisk ( *), from Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, "little star", is a typographical symbol. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a heraldic star.

Computer scientists and mathematicians often vocalize it as star (as, for example, in the A* search algorithm or C*-algebra). In English, an asterisk is usually five- or six-pointed in sans-serif typefaces, six-pointed in serif typefaces, and six- or eight-pointed when handwritten. Its most common use is to call out a footnote. It is also often used to censor offensive words.

In computer science, the asterisk is commonly used as a wildcard character, or to denote pointers, repetition, or multiplication.


System Representation
UTF-8 EF B9 A1
UTF-16 FE 61
UTF-32 00 00 FE 61
URL-Quoted %EF%B9%A1
HTML hex reference ﹡
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake ﹡
Adobe Glyph List asterisksmall


Complete Record

Property Value
Age 1.1 (1993)
Unicode 1 Name
Block Small Form Variants
General Category Other Punctuation
Script Common
Bidirectional Category Other Neutral
Combining Class Not Reordered
Decomposition Type Small
Decomposition Mapping Glyph for U+002A Asterisk
Simple Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Simple Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Simple Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Case Folding Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
ASCII Hex Digit
Bidi Control
Bidi Mirrored
Composition Exclusion
Case Ignorable
Changes When Casefolded
Changes When Casemapped
Changes When NFKC Casefolded
Changes When Lowercased
Changes When Titlecased
Changes When Uppercased
Full Composition Exclusion
Default Ignorable Code Point
Emoji Modifier Base
Emoji Component
Emoji Modifier
Emoji Presentation
Extended Pictographic
FC NFKC Closure Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Grapheme Cluster Break Any
Grapheme Base
Grapheme Extend
Grapheme Link
Hex Digit
ID Continue
ID Start
IDS Binary Operator
IDS Trinary Operator and
Indic Mantra Category
Indic Positional Category NA
Indic Syllabic Category Other
Jamo Short Name
Join Control
Logical Order Exception
Noncharacter Code Point
NFC Quick Check Yes
NFD Quick Check Yes
NFKC Casefold Glyph for U+002A Asterisk
NFKC Quick Check No
NFKD Quick Check No
Other Alphabetic
Other Default Ignorable Code Point
Other Grapheme Extend
Other ID Continue
Other ID Start
Other Lowercase
Other Math
Other Uppercase
Prepended Concatenation Mark
Pattern Syntax
Pattern White Space
Quotation Mark
Regional Indicator
Sentence Break Other
Soft Dotted
Sentence Terminal
Terminal Punctuation
Unified Ideograph
Variation Selector
Word Break Other
White Space
XID Continue
XID Start
Expands On NFC
Expands On NFD
Expands On NFKC
Expands On NFKD
Bidi Paired Bracket Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Bidi Paired Bracket Type None
East Asian Width Wide
Hangul Syllable Type Not Applicable
ISO 10646 Comment
Joining Group No_Joining_Group
Joining Type Non Joining
Line Break Ideographic
Numeric Type None
Numeric Value not a number
Simple Case Folding Glyph for U+FE61 Small Asterisk
Script Extension
Vertical Orientation U