- a list or catalog of syllables.
- a set of written symbols, each of which represents a syllable, used to write a given language: the Japanese syllabary.
Origin of syllabary
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Kana signifies the Japanese syllabary,—the characters with which the language is written.Shadowings
This syllabary and that invented for the Cherokees by Guess, are the only two in the world.
A syllabary describes the god as a 'raging' deity, a description that suggests solar functions.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
There are about 400 of these complex syllabic signs in the syllabary, instead of 26 letters as in English.
This syllabary enabled the Japanese to express the sounds of their vernacular without difficulty.
- a table or list of syllables
- a set of symbols used in certain writing systems, such as one used for Japanese, in which each symbol represents a spoken syllable
C16: from New Latin syllabārium, from Latin syllaba syllable