- A caron or háček or mäkčeň, also known as a wedge, inverted circumflex, inverted hat, is a diacritic placed over certain letters to indicate present or historical palatalization, iotation, or postalveolar pronunciation in the orthography of some Baltic, Slavic, Finnic, Samic, Berber and other languages
- The caron also indicates the third tone (falling and then rising) in the Pinyin romanization of Mandarin Chinese
- It is also used to decorate symbols in mathematics, where it is often pronounced /ˈtʃɛk/ ("check")
- It looks similar to a breve (˘), but has a sharp tip, like an inverted circumflex (ˆ), while a breve is rounded
- The left (downward) stroke is usually thicker than the right (upward) stroke in serif typefaces
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