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Character  か 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER KA
Codepoint U+304B

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization ka)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ka), whose equivalent in katakana is (ka). It is the sixth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (KA-gyō, A-dan; “row KA, section A”).

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Counter[edit]

(romaji -ka)

  1. : lessons, chapters
  2. , , , : numbers in the Chinese (ichi-ni-san) counting system
  3. : articles
  4. : fruit
  5. : pieces of fruit
  6. : days
  7. : loads that can be carried on foot
  8. : flat framed items

Particle[edit]

(romaji ka)

  1. final interrogative particle, similar to a question mark ("?").
    元気ですか。
    げんきですか。
    o-genki desu ka.
    How are you? [How is your health?]
  2. particle marking alternatives in a list; "or"
    これ、それ、どっちか選んでよ。
    これ、それ、どっちかえらんでよ。
    Kore ka, sore ka, docchika erande yo.
    This or that, choose one of them.
  3. whether (or not)
    行く知らない。
    いくしらない。
    Iku ka shiranai.
    I don't know whether he'll go.
  4. indication of doubt
    行く思いますが……。
    いくおもいますが……。
    Iku ka to omoimasu ga....
    I think he'll go (but I'm not sure)....

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Noun[edit]

(romaji ka)

  1. : mosquito
  2. : family (biological classification)
  3. : aroma, scent, fragrance

Prefix[edit]

(romaji ka-)

  1. : temporary, unreal
  2. : super-, over-; per (chemistry)

Suffix[edit]

(romaji -ka)

  1. : -ist, -er, someone who does something
  2. : department, section; taxonomical family
  3. : section, department; lesson
  4. : permitted, allowed, licensed
  5. : day of the month
  6. : -ification
  7. : under a certain condition
  8. : load

Kanji reading[edit]

(romaji ka)

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