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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai WE.png
U+3091, ゑ
HIRAGANA LETTER WE

[U+3090]
Hiragana
[U+3092]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
1 stroke

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(romaji we, alternative romaji e)

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

Usage notes[edit]

This is a rarely used hiragana.

The following kanji once used this pronunciation, but this has been replaced by the pronunciation (e)

See also[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entries.
2
[affix] turn; turn around
2
[affix] gathering; meeting
[affix] perceive; understand; comprehend
[affix] Alternative form of (e, picture; drawing; painting)
2
[noun] picture, painting
[noun] drawing, sketch
S
[affix] : blessing; grace; favor
[affix] , : clever; smart; wise; intelligent
[noun] , : enlightenment
[noun] , : (especially in Buddhism) wisdom (especially prajna, one of the three divisions of the Noble Eightfold Path)
Alternative spelling
(This term, , is a historical hiragana 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 ゑ.)

Etymology 2[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
4
[noun] (in compounds) smile
(This term, , is a historical hiragana 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 ゑ.)

Etymology 3[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
S
[noun] (obsolete) Synonym of 飢え (ue, hunger; starvation)
(This term, , is a historical hiragana 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 ゑ.)

Etymology 4[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
S
[noun] animal food, feed
[noun] bait
(This term, , is a historical hiragana 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 ゑ.)