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Character  ヵ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER SMALL KA
Codepoint U+30F5

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Small form of the katakana character (ka).

Combining form[edit]

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Usage notes[edit]

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also written in katakana rather than the other systems.[edit]

See also[edit]

Counter[edit]

(romaji -ヵ)

  1. Generic counter.

    • いっげつ
      ikka getsu
      one month's time
      Note that the ヵ doesn't really translate into English.

Alternative forms[edit]