[kah-nuh; Japanese kah-nah]
- a Japanese syllabic script consisting of 71 symbols and having two written varieties.
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
His friend Kana, the suicide, was no longer to be the central figure.The Jewish State
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.
C18: from Japanese, literally: borrowed or provisional letters; compare kanji, which are regarded as real letters