I need to somehow put this symbol:


And of course I mean this semi-open circle with a dot inside, right after "a_n".

I have seen it in a TeX document, this one: http://www.mimuw.edu.pl/~mmoszyns/Analiza-dla-informatykow-2014-15/analinf127.pdf (for example on page 48/49), where it is used to denote the Cauchy product.

I could not find neither this symbol nor a dotless open circle in The Comphehensive LaTeX symbol list (http:// www.tex.ac.uk/ctan/info/symbols/comprehensive/symbols-a4.pdf).

To make things even more awkward, I need to put it on an Internet forum. Due to that this idea \odot \!\! \white{\bullet} will not work: the background is not white, and even worse, it changes from post to post.

Thanks in advance for any idea how to do this.

EDIT: I do not want a normal, "closed" circle such as \odot or \bigodot, but an "open" one, as in the image above. To be more specific: I want this: http://wstaw.org/m/2014/12/22/ccccc.png and not this: http://wstaw.org/m/2014/12/22/6718f3851aba6f5727da3da31bc74ee2.png

Also, since this is for an Internet forum, I can't \def anything.

  • the symbol is \bigodot, and it is in the comprehensive symbols list (p.25 in the lettersize version). it's unicode U+2A00. as for putting it on an internet forum, better to trust someone else. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 14:36
  • the packages latexsym, amsfonts, amssymb, txfonts, pxfonts, and wasysym define\odot for that.
    – user10274
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 14:38
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    No and no. \bigodot and \odot both define a "normal", closed circle - and I want an open circle. See the attached picture.
    – gaazkam
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 14:40
  • On page 2 of the PDF, you find the authors email-address. Why not send him a friendly note and ask for it. Do you have some other reference for this symbol. Should that be part of the unicode? (can't find it there, though) The author writes "(raczej niespotykanym gdzie indziej...)/ rather unusual elsewhere ". Maybe you should search for a symbol, that your readers already know.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 15:05
  • This guy is my lecturer... and the document is the script for my classes... And he didn't do the TeXing himself, but instead asked those people noted at the beginning of page 2 to do it, and their e-mail adress is not given there. I can find them through USOSweb, though.
    – gaazkam
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 15:13

2 Answers 2


EDITED to use \clipbox instead of white \rule overlay.

\def\opendot{\mathbin{\clipbox{0pt 0pt .55ex 0pt}{$\odot$}}}
$\sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} a_n \opendot \sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} b_n :=
  \sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} c_n$

enter image description here


Apparently, the web-based input available to the OP did not allow for the clipped solution. However, I suggested (in the comments) something akin to {{\textsf{C}\kern-.85ex\raisebox{.9pt}{$\cdot$}\kern .25ex} which sufficed for the needs of the OP.

$x\mathbin{\textsf{C}\kern-.85ex\raisebox{.9pt}{$\cdot$}\kern .25ex}y$

enter image description here

  • I guess this symbol is meant to be a binary operator acting on both sums, so \mathbin instead of \mathop might be "more" correct. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 14:55
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    @gaazkam If I was really in a bind, perhaps {\textsf{c}\kern-.7ex\raisebox{-.25pt}{$\cdot$}} Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 16:20
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    @gaazkam If your question is about MathJax, then it's off topic here. With MathJax you can only use symbols that are in Unicode.
    – egreg
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 16:37
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    @gaazkam You could use a capital "C" instead of a lowercased "c". As in {\textsf{C}\kern-.85ex\raisebox{.9pt}{$\cdot$}\kern .25ex} Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 16:41
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    I wish I could upvote twice, once for the answer and once for the dialogue with the OP. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 17:04

Another solution (credit goes to a4karo from matematyka.pl):

A \tikz{\draw (30:.3em) arc [start angle=30,end angle=330,radius=.3em]; \draw (0,0) circle (.1pt);} B=C


[tex]A \tikz{\draw (45:.3em) arc [start angle=45,end angle=315,radius=.3em]; \fill (0,0) circle (.8pt);} B=C[/tex]


The parameters need to be manually adjusted depending on context, though:



But I still think this is a worthy alternative.

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