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Character U+307E, ま
Name HIRAGANA LETTER MA
Block Hiragana
[U+307D] [U+307F]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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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 ma)

  1. The hiragana syllable ‎(ma). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(ma). It is the thirty-first syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(ma-gyō a-dan, row ma, section a).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

‎(romaji ma)

  1. : demon, devil, evil spirit, evil influence
  2. : space, timing