The stroke of letters that go below the writing line; for example: g, p, q, and y.

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    (Buchstabe mit) Unterlänge

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Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2007), 265. 

Geoffrey Ashall Glaister. Encyclopedia of the Book, 2nd ed. (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press; London: The British Library, 1996), 133.