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Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL WA
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+308E

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Small form of the hiragana character ‎(wa).

Combining form[edit]

  1. Small combining form of hiragana ‎(wa) used in the archaic 拗音 ‎(yōon) morae くゎ ‎(kwa) and ぐゎ ‎(gwa), for instance in the name くゎんおん ‎(Kwan'on). Historically it was not distinguished from the full-size version; in modern language the sound has generally simplified to ‎(ka) or ‎(ga).

Related terms[edit]

  • (katakana small wa)
  • (full-size wa)

See also[edit]