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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai KI.png
U+304D, き
HIRAGANA LETTER KI

[U+304C]
Hiragana
[U+304E]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
4 strokes

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style. Variants include those derived by similar process from , , , , and .

Syllable[edit]

(romaji ki)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ki). Its equivalent in katakana is (ki). It is the seventh syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ka-gyō i-dan, row ka, section i).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

(rōmaji ki)

  1. : tree
  2. : air, spirit

Suffix[edit]

(rōmaji -ki)

  1. : device; container
  2. : anniversary of one's death
  3. : history, account, record
  4. : time, period; geological age

Counter[edit]

(rōmaji -ki)

  1. : horsemen
  2. : aircraft; lives in video games
  3. : installed or mounted objects such as gravestones

Etymology 3[edit]

Suffix[edit]

(rōmaji -ki)

  1. (Classical Japanese, jodōshi) Indicates past tense.

Usage notes[edit]

Follows the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verbs and some auxiliaries. Conjugation:

未然形 連用形 終止形 連体形 已然形 命令形
(se) (ki) (shi) しか (shika)

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