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Japanese Katakana TSU.png
U+30C4, ツ
KATAKANA LETTER TU

[U+30C3]
Katakana
[U+30C5]
U+32E1, ㋡
CIRCLED KATAKANA TU

[U+32E0]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32E2]
U+FF82, ツ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER TU

[U+FF81]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF83]

Translingual

Symbol

  1. (chiefly in the West) An emoticon representing a smiling face.

Synonyms

Derived terms


Japanese

Stroke order
3 strokes

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Syllable

(romaji tsu)

  1. The katakana syllable (tsu). Its equivalent in hiragana is (tsu). It is the eighteenth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ta-gyō u-dan, row ta, section u).

Usage notes

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. 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