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Character
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER WE
Unicode block Katakana
Codepoint U+30F1

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Syllable[edit]

‎(romaji we, alternative romaji e)

  1. (rare) The katakana syllable ‎(we). Its equivalent in hiragana is ‎(we). It is the forty-sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(wa-gyō e-dan, row wa, section e).
  2. (obsolete) The katakana syllable ‎(e). Its equivalent in hiragana is ‎(e). It is the forty-sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(wa-gyō e-dan, row wa, section e).

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 sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. [edit]

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