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hiragana

Line breaks: hira|gana
Pronunciation: /ˌhɪrəˈɡɑːnə
 
, ˌhɪərə-/

Definition of hiragana in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The more cursive form of kana (syllabic writing) used in Japanese, primarily used for function words and inflections. Compare with katakana.
Example sentences
  • In modern written Japanese, kanji, hiragana, and katakana are combined.
  • Japanese grammar is in an easy script, hiragana, in which each symbol is a semi syllable, as in hi-ra-ga-na.
  • The real principle at work is that hiragana is the default, while katakana is marked.

Origin

Japanese, 'plain kana'.

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