[ heer-uh-gah-nuh; Japanese hee-rah-gah-nah ]
/ ˌhɪər əˈgɑ nə; Japanese ˈhi rɑˈgɑ nɑ /
the cursive and more widely used of the two Japanese syllabaries.
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Origin of hiragana
1815–25; <Japanese, equivalent to hira ordinary (earlier f(y)ira<*pira) + -gana, combining form of kanakana
Words nearby hiragana
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British Dictionary definitions for hiragana
/ (ˌhɪərəˈɡɑːnə) /
one of the Japanese systems of syllabic writing based on Chinese cursive ideograms. The more widely used of the two current systems, it is employed in newspapers and general literatureCompare katakana
Word Origin for hiragana
from Japanese: flat kana
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