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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai KU.png
U+304F, く
HIRAGANA LETTER KU

[U+304E]
Hiragana
[U+3050]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
1 stroke

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 ku)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ku). Its equivalent in katakana is (ku). It is the eighth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ka-gyō u-dan, row ka, section u).
Derived terms[edit]
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entries.
1
[number]nine
[number]ninth
[noun]nine
[noun]the ninth
1
[noun](Buddhism) the mouth
[noun](Buddhism) (by extension) one's speech, one's words
[noun]the mouthpiece of a flute
[counter]used to count people
[counter]used to count per-person portions
[counter]used to count open-mouthed containers
[counter]used to count bladed weapons or tools
2
3
[noun]ward, section, district
3
[noun]suffering
[noun](Buddhism) dukkha
5
5
[noun]a short section from a longer text:
  1. a phrase or clause
  2. a sentence or line
  3. a passage or paragraph
  4. a verse from a song
  5. a stanza from a poem
[counter]counter for stanzas from a poem or for haiku
6
S
S
J
[affix]carpenter's square
[affix]square (shape)
[affix]rule; law
[noun](astronomy) quadrature
H
H
[affix]body
[counter]counter for Buddhist images
H
(This term, , is the hiragana spelling of several Sino-Japanese terms.)
For a list of all kanji with on'yomi , not just those used in Sino-Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji with on reading く.

Etymology 3[edit]

Some obsolete inflections.

Verb[edit]

(ku)

  1. : disappear
  2. : come
  3. : repeat

Etymology 4[edit]

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Suffix[edit]

(-ku)

  1. (obsolete) A nominalizing suffix in Old Japanese.
Derived terms[edit]