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kana

[kah-nuh; Japanese kah-nah]
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noun
  1. a Japanese syllabic script consisting of 71 symbols and having two written varieties.
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Compare hiragana, katakana.

Origin of kana

1720–30; < Japanese; earlier kanna, kari-na makeshift names (i.e., characters) as opposed to ma-na true characters, i.e., kanji
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Examples from the Web for kana

Historical Examples

  • His friend Kana, the suicide, was no longer to be the central figure.

    The Jewish State

    Theodor Herzl

  • If she had not said I Kana Kim he might have struck her with a caldron.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • As Kana′tĭ did not return, the boys at last concluded to go and find him.

  • Kana′tĭ was surprised, but said nothing, and they went on again.

  • Wolves—The wolf is regarded as the servant and watchdog of Kana′tĭ.


British Dictionary definitions for kana

kana

noun
  1. the Japanese syllabary, which consists of two written varietiesSee hiragana, katakana
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Word Origin

C18: from Japanese, literally: borrowed or provisional letters; compare kanji, which are regarded as real letters
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