o·gon·ek (ə-gônĕk, -gŏn-)
A mark resembling a hook (˛) placed beneath a letter, usually to indicate nasalization, as in Polish, or sometimes vowel length, as in Lithuanian.
[Polish, from diminutive of ogon, tail, from Proto-Slavic *ogonŭ (probably originally "that which drives away (flies and the like)") : *o-, ob-, around, on + *goniti, to push, chase, drive.]
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