the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries.
- Compare hiragana.
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British Dictionary definitions for katakana
one of the two systems of syllabic writing employed for the representation of Japanese, based on Chinese ideograms. It is used mainly for foreign or foreign-derived words
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