[heer-uh-gah-nuh; Japanese hee-rah-gah-nah] /ˌhɪər əˈgɑ nə; Japanese ˈhi rɑˈgɑ nɑ/

the cursive and more widely used of the two Japanese syllabaries.
one of the Japanese systems of syllabic writing based on Chinese cursive ideograms. The more widely used of the two current systems, it is employed in newspapers and general literature Compare katakana

from Japanese hiragana, from hira “plain” + kana “borrowed letter(s).”

The cursive formed Japanese kana syllabary. Hiragana is mostly used for grammatical particles, verb-inflection, and Japanese words which are not written in kanji or which are too difficult for an educated person to read or write in kanji. Hiragana are also used for furigana.


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