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Character U+3090, ゐ
Name HIRAGANA LETTER WI
Block Hiragana
[U+308F] [U+3091]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Syllable[edit]

‎(romaji wi, alternative romaji i)

  1. (obsolete) The hiragana syllable ‎(wi). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(wi). It is the forty-fifth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(wa-gyō i-dan, row wa, section i).
  2. (rare) The hiragana syllable ‎(i). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(i). It is the forty-fifth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(wa-gyō i-dan, row wa, section i).

See also[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

This is a rarely used hiragana.

The following kanji once used this pronunciation, but this has been replaced by the pronunciation (i).