O mark

An O mark, also known as Marujirushi (丸印) in Japan, Gongpyo (공표, 공標, ball mark) in Korea and Quanhao (Chinese: 圈號) in Taiwan, is the name of the symbol "⭕︎" used to represent affirmation in East Asia, similar to its Western equivalent of the checkmark. Its opposite is the X mark ("✗") or ("×").

Hanamaru[edit]

The hanamaru (花丸) is a variant of the O mark used in Japan, written as 💮︎. It is typically drawn as a spiral surrounded by rounded flower petals, suggesting a flower. It is frequently used in praising or complimenting children, and the motif often appears in children's characters and logos.

The hanamaru is frequently written on tests if a student has achieved full marks or an otherwise outstanding result. Sometimes used in place of an O mark in grading written response problems if a student's answer is especially good. Some teachers will add more rotations to the spiral the better the answer is. It is also used as a symbol for good weather.[citation needed]

Unicode[edit]

Unicode provides various related symbols, including:

Symbol Unicode code point (hex) Name
U+25CB WHITE CIRCLE
U+25CF BLACK CIRCLE
U+25EF LARGE CIRCLE
⭕︎ U+2B55 HEAVY LARGE CIRCLE
⭕️
💮︎ U+1F4AE WHITE FLOWER
💮️

U+2B55 HEAVY LARGE CIRCLE and U+1F4AE 💮 WHITE FLOWER have both text and emoji presentations, as shown in the table. Both characters default to emoji presentation.

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