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Katakana letter Ko.svg
U+30B3, コ
KATAKANA LETTER KO

[U+30B2]
Katakana
[U+30B4]
U+32D9, ㋙
CIRCLED KATAKANA KO

[U+32D8]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32DA]
U+FF7A, コ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER KO

[U+FF79]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF7B]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
2 strokes

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji .

Syllable[edit]

(romaji ko)

  1. The katakana syllable (ko). Its equivalent in hiragana is (ko). It is the tenth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ka-gyō o-dan, row ka, section o).
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 onomatopoeias, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. It is also occasionally used in some words for emphasis, or to ease reading; katakana may be preferred for words becoming buried in the text if they are written under their canonical form in hiragana. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words such as colloquial terms, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. Formerly, female given names were often written in katakana. [edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Eye dialect spelling of various words.

Noun[edit]

(ko

  1. : a boy, a girl, a child
  2. : small, little

Counter[edit]

(-ko

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