The name of Te in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was тврьдо (tvrdo), meaning "hard" or "surly".
In italic type and cursive, the lowercase form ⟨т⟩ looks like the italic form of the lowercase Latin M ⟨m⟩, except in Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian usage where it looks like an inverted lowercase Latin M, with a stroke above to distinguish it from the otherwise identical italic lowercase letter Sha ⟨ш⟩, which is sometimes written with a stroke below. Compare the 5th letter pair in the 4th row with the last letter pair of the chart.
The cursive form of the capital letter Te can also be seen in the chart following the lower case letter.
In some old materials, the lowercase form ⟨т⟩ has two variants: on the Trebnik of Metropolitan Peter and the Ostrog Bible this letter has a taller variant looks like number 7 (ᲄ); on some vernacular Russian publications up to the mid-19th century, this letter have been found a variant looks like turned Sha (ᲅ). Both of them were encoded in the Unicode Standard in June 2016 with the release of version 9.0.
As used in the alphabets of various languages, Te represents the following sounds:
The pronunciations shown in the table are the primary ones for each language; for details consult the articles on the languages.