Onomatopoetic "Zzz" is well known in languages that use the Latin alphabet. It means "sleep" in many languages. Is this also the case in Russian? Can "Ззз" be used to symbolize sleep?

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    Can "Ззз" be used to symbolize sleep? BTW. "з-зз" in Russian rather stands for mosquito's noise.
    – Matt
    Nov 12 '16 at 12:20

No, it can not be used to symbolize sleep. Instead of it, we sometimes use "Хррр" to denote sleep.

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    Standalone "хррр" wouldn't be understood as symbol for sleeping. You would need a context, for example, picture
    – Abakan
    Nov 12 '16 at 12:10
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    Ззз can be used to symbolize a fly or something like that (dragonfly, etc.).
    – Alissa
    Nov 14 '16 at 10:19
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    Exactly. BTW, хрр comes from храп/храпеть (snoring/to snore). Nov 16 '16 at 15:16
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    Хрр-пщщ, хрр-пщщ... Nov 21 '16 at 6:41

It's rather a well known english meaning by Russians, than the same meaning in Russian.
I.e., most Russians know this englshism, but it came from english-speaking inet and it doesn't, necessarily has any meaning in Russian.

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