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I hope it's not out of the line to ask for a symbol like this, but I've been looking for a very simple symbol that I just can't find anywhere!

I want it to be like

but instead of the | at the end I'd like a (
So like a --( but in one symbol. I've looked in so many places, and the things people do with text is crazy, yet this very simple combination - I couldn't find. >.< I hope you can help me :) cheers

  • Like this? Perhaps smaller... – Werner Jan 14 '15 at 4:55
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    Where did you find that symbol? What does it stand for? Do you have some reference where this is used? I can't find it in the unicode but if you know some real usage for this, one could recommend to insert it. If you have some bigger image showing how it is used, we would be thankful for that. – LaRiFaRi Jan 14 '15 at 6:14
  • Hello, thanks for your reply! That is exactly what I was looking for, Werner! Where can I get it? – Illustrator Jan 14 '15 at 6:38
  • How large is this symbol supposed to be? Should the parenthesis be the size of a "normal" parenthesis, or smaller? If so, how much smaller? How will this symbol be used: as a relational operator, a binary operator, or something different altogether? – Mico Jan 14 '15 at 6:38
  • Mico, thanks for your reply. It's purely for visual purposes, I need it for an art project of mine. A regular sized parenthesis is just fine. – Illustrator Jan 14 '15 at 6:48
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You could create the symbol with a LaTeX macro. In the code below, it's called \dashrparen ('dash and right parenthesis') and is assumed to be a relational operator. If it's a binary operator, use \mathbin instead. Or, \mathord if it's just an "ordinary" symbol...

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\documentclass{article}
\newcommand\dashrparen{\mathrel{-\mkern-3.7mu(}}
\begin{document}
$A \dashrparen B$
\end{document}
  • Thank you, but I have absolutely no knowledge about these things. I was hoping for a copy and paste-able version – Illustrator Jan 14 '15 at 6:51
  • @Illustrator - Is there something stopping you from copying and pasting the symbol from a pdf file to any location? – Mico Jan 14 '15 at 6:52
  • Of course not. Was there a pdf file somewhere that I missed? If so, my mistake. – Illustrator Jan 14 '15 at 6:54
  • @Illustrator - Do you know how to compile the code with pdflatex to create a pdf file? – Mico Jan 14 '15 at 6:55
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    @Illustrator This symbol does not exists in unicode so there will be no copy-paste-solution as you desire. As you are not using TeX until now and just need this symbol, I would recommend to install Inkscape and to draw that little thing. You will be able to export it as pdf, svg, png... That is most you can get. – LaRiFaRi Jan 14 '15 at 8:37

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