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Character  ウ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER U
Codepoint U+30A6
See also: and

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji , taken from the top part of the character.

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization u)

  1. The katakana syllable (u), whose equivalent in hiragana is (u). It is the third syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (A-gyō, U-dan; “row A, section U”).
    • クライナ
      ukuraina
      Ukraine

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also written in katakana rather than the other systems.[edit]

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Noun[edit]

(romaji u)

  1. : cormorant, Japanese cormorant