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katakana

[ kah-tuh-kah-nuh; Japanese kah-tah-kah-nah ]
/ ˌkɑ təˈkɑ nə; Japanese ˈkɑ tɑˈkɑ nɑ /
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noun
the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries.
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Origin of katakana

1720–30; <Japanese, equivalent to kata part (of kanji) + kanakana
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British Dictionary definitions for katakana

katakana
/ (ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːnə) /

noun
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

Word Origin for katakana

Japanese, from kata side + kana
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