halant (plural halants)

  1. A diacritic used in most writing systems of the Indian subcontinent to signify the lack of an inherent vowel.
    a Devanagari example: + = क्
  2. A sign which serves the same purpose in any writing system.
  3. (computing) A character which binds consonants into a conjunct or some other form of visual combination which is prototypically a visual indication that the first consonant does not have an implicit vowel

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