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Names for the number 0

There are several names for the number 0 in different languages.

Chinese

The character 零 (pinyin: líng) means "zero" in Chinese, although 〇 is also common. Etymologically 零 is an onomatopoeic word for "light rain". The upper part of the character is 雨, meaning "rain", and the lower part is 令 (lìng), for the sound. [1]

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German

The name of the number 0 in German is "Null." (although it is disputed if number names shall be written capitalized–like all nouns are–or not)

Greek

The name of the number 0 in Greek is "μηδέν" /miːðɛn/, literally meaning "not even one."

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