Definition of kana in English:

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kana

Pronunciation: /ˈkänə/

noun

The system of syllabic writing used for Japanese, having two forms, hiragana and katakana. Compare with kanji.
Example sentences
  • Japanese writing uses Chinese characters and two native syllabic scripts (the kana: hiragana and katakana) derived from them.
  • Most texts incorporate both kana and kanji systems.
  • Japanese children with reading disabilities often have disproportionately more difficulty reading and writing kanji than kana.

Origin

Japanese.

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Syllabification: ka·na

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