カタカナ

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Japanese[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of カタカナ – see the following entry.
片仮名かたかな
[noun] Katakana, a set of Japanese syllabary characters, secondary to hiragana, derived from portions of Chinese characters whose sounds approximate the Japanese sound being represented. Katakana is mostly used for transliteration from Western languages.
(This term, カタカナ, is an alternative spelling of the above term.)