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Japanese Katakana ZU.png
U+30BA, ズ
KATAKANA LETTER ZU
Composition: [U+30B9] + ◌゙ [U+3099]

[U+30B9]
Katakana
[U+30BB]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
4 strokes

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

The katakana character (su) with a dakuten ().

Syllable[edit]

(romaji zu)

  1. The katakana syllable (zu). Its equivalent in hiragana is (zu).
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 colloquially in some words for emphasis. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. Formerly, female given names were written in katakana. [edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Humorous borrowing from the English -s plural marker.

Suffix[edit]

(-zu

  1. (jokingly) group of …-s
    • 1996, Mariko Tanaka, Takarazuka Tankentai ga Iku, →ISBN
      […]自分(じぶん)たちのことを心配(しんぱい)してくれたその感激(かんげき)のほうが(おお)きかったらしく、その高校生(こうこうせい)はますますジュンコさんにハマってしまったそうだ。
      […] jibun tachi no koto o shinpai shite kureta sono kangeki no hō ga ōkikatta rashiku, sono kōkōseizu wa masumasu junko san ni hamatte shimatta sōda.
      (please add an English translation of this example)