Definitions for kanaˈkɑ nə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ka•naˈkɑ nə(n.)

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

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: Compare hiragana , katakana .

Origin of kana:

1720–30; < Japn


  1. kana(Noun)

    The hiragana and katakana syllabaries. These are used to write Japanese words and particles using characters that represent syllables. Kana are derived from kanji.

  2. kana(Noun)

    A hiragana or katakana character.


  1. Kana

    Kana are syllabic Japanese scripts, a part of the Japanese writing system contrasted with the logographic Chinese characters known in Japan as kanji. There are three kana scripts: modern cursive hiragana, modern angular katakana, and the old syllabic use of kanji known as man’yōgana that was ancestral to both. Hentaigana are historical variants of modern standard hiragana. In modern Japanese, hiragana and katakana have directly corresponding character sets. Katakana with a few additions is also used to write Ainu. Kana was used in Taiwanese as a gloss for Chinese characters during the Japanese administration of Taiwan. See Taiwanese kana. Each kana character corresponds to one sound in the Japanese language. This is always CV, such as ka, ki, etc., or V, such as a, i, etc., with the sole exception of the C grapheme for nasal codas usually romanised as n. This structure had some scholars label the system moraic instead of syllabic, because it requires the combination of two syllabograms to represent a CVC syllable with coda, a CVV syllable with complex nucleus, or a CCV syllable with complex onset.

Anagrams of kana

  1. knaa

  2. Akan

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the female farmyard fowl

Hens lay eggs.

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