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Character U+3089, ら
Name HIRAGANA LETTER RA
Block Hiragana
[U+3088] [U+308A]

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.

Syllable[edit]

‎(romaji ra)

  1. The hiragana syllable ‎(ra). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(ra). It is the thirty-ninth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(ra-gyō a-dan, row ra, section a).
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Japanese. Verb conjugation ending.

Suffix[edit]

‎(romaji -ra)

  1. (colloquial) imperfective form of the suffix .

Etymology 3[edit]

Reading of various kanji.

Suffix[edit]

‎(romaji -ra)

  1. : pluralizing suffix, as in , そこ. Usually spelled in hiragana.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (たち, ​tachi)
  • (ども, ​domo)