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Katakana letter Wo.svg
U+30F2, ヲ
KATAKANA LETTER WO

[U+30F1]
Katakana
[U+30F3]
U+32FE, ㋾
CIRCLED KATAKANA WO

[U+32FD]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32FF]
U+FF66, ヲ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER WO

[U+FF65]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF67]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
3 strokes

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

(obsolete)

Syllable[edit]

(romaji wo, alternative romaji o)

  1. The katakana syllable (wo). Its equivalent in hiragana is (wo). It is the forty-seventh syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (wa-gyō o-dan, row wa, section o).
  2. (used as a particle) The katakana syllable (o). Its equivalent in hiragana is (o). It is the forty-seventh syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (wa-gyō o-dan, row wa, section o).

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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]
  • Because the hiragana equivalent, , is used almost exclusively as the direct object particle, and particles are usually written in hiragana, is seldom used.

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