kana

[kah-nuh; Japanese kah-nah]
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noun

a Japanese syllabic script consisting of 71 symbols and having two written varieties.

Nearby words

  1. kamseen,
  2. kamut,
  3. kamyshin,
  4. kan,
  5. kan.,
  6. kana-majiri,
  7. kanae,
  8. kanak,
  9. kanaka,
  10. kanamycin

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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British Dictionary definitions for kana

kana

noun

the Japanese syllabary, which consists of two written varietiesSee hiragana, katakana

Word Origin for kana

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

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