I'm looking for a "backwards-z" symbol in the sense that \times is an "x" symbol. Truly, I'm looking for an \hourglass (aka \udtimes) symbol that is missing one diagonal line. Ultimately, I will use this in a subscript, so it should scale appropriately.


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Adjust sizes at your will:




%   \setlengnth\ztimespadding{.3ex}%
%   \setlengnth\ztimespadding{.3ex}%
%   \setlengnth\ztimespadding{.3ex}%
%   \setlengnth\ztimespadding{.3ex}%

$A \ztimes B = C_{A \ztimes B = C_{A \ztimes B}}$\par

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A mirrored version of the lowercase z, upright and with a sans-serif font, which scales appropriately:

  A\backwardsz B_{\backwardsz_\backwardsz}


  • Why don't you use the alias \reflectbox instead of \scalebox{-1}[1], i.e. why not \reflectbox{$\mathsf{z}$}?
    – Clément
    Mar 23, 2016 at 1:54
  • @Clément Answer updated. \reflectbox is more descriptive. Mar 23, 2016 at 7:03

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