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Character  ュ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YU
Codepoint U+30E5

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Small form of the katakana character (yu).

Combining form[edit]

  1. Small combining form of katakana (yu) used in 拗音 (yōon) morae that end in u, such as シュ (shu), チュ (chu), and キュ (kyu). Historically not distinguished from full-size version.

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]

Related terms[edit]

  • (small ya)
  • (small yo)
  • (hiragana small yu)
  • (full-size yu)

See also[edit]