The voiced retroflex approximant is a type of consonant used in some languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɻ⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is r\`. The IPA symbol is a turned lowercase letter r with a rightward hook protruding from the lower right of the letter.
A schematic mid-sagittal section of an articulation of a voiced retroflex approximant [ɻ]
Might be rarely used to transliterate Tamizh or Malayalam or to write proper nouns of Tamizh or Malayalam. Usage is practically non existent and almost always merged with [ɭ], in both written and spoken forms, by modern speakers.