hard' sign"

1. the Cyrillic letter Ъ, ъ as used in Russian to indicate that the preceding consonant is not palatalized: not in official use since 1918.
2. the same symbol used for the back vowel of Old Church Slavonic from which this Russian usage and phenomenon are historically derived.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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