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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai KE.png
U+3051, け
HIRAGANA LETTER KE

[U+3050]
Hiragana
[U+3052]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
3 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 ke)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
2
[noun] hair, fur
(This term, , is an alternative spelling of the above term.
For a list of all kanji read as , not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as け.)

Etymology 3[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entries.
1
[noun] a sign
[noun] This term needs a translation to English.
[prefix] This term needs a translation to English.
[suffix] This term needs a translation to English.
2
[suffix] representing relationship to a family
H
[noun] divination symbol or sign
(This term, , is an alternative spelling of the above Sino-Japanese terms.
For a list of all kanji read as , not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as け.)

(The following entries are uncreated: , , , .)

Etymology 4[edit]

/kai//keː//ke/

From earlier けえ (), in turn a sound shift from かい (kai).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

(ke

  1. (informal, intimate, sometimes considered dialectal) (question particle)

Etymology 5[edit]

/koi//keː//ke/

Verb[edit]

(ke

  1. (Kagoshima, dialect) come! (imperative form, equivalent to mainland () (koi))
    • 1984 February 15, Murakami, Motoka, “またいつか、(しょう)()()までの(まき) [One Day, We’ll Face off Again]”, in ()()()(けん) [Musashi’s Sword], volume 13 (fiction), Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 77:
      よかか…オイのなは()(だか)(けん)(すけ)…くやしかったら鹿児島(カゴッマ)セェ(こい)いっでん(いつでも)(しょう)()してやっで‼
      Yoka ka… Oi no na wa Hidaka Kensuke… Kuyashikattara Kagomma sē ke‼ Idden shōbu shite yadde‼
      Awrite… Mah name’s Hidaka Kensuke… Come to Kagoshima when yer ready‼ Ah’ll be waitin’ to settle witcha again‼

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan