Katakana



[kah-tuh-kah-nuh; Japanese kah-tah-kah-nah] /ˌkɑ təˈkɑ nə; Japanese ˈkɑ tɑˈkɑ nɑ/

noun
1.
the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries.
/ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːnə/
noun
1.
one of the two systems of syllabic writing employed for the representation of Japanese, based on Chinese ideograms. It is used mainly for foreign or foreign-derived words
n.

from Japanese katakana, from kata “side” + kana “borrowed letter(s).”

Japanese
The square-formed Japanese kana syllabary. Katakana is mostly used to write foreign names, foreign words, and loan words as well as many onomatopeia, plant and animal names.
(2001-03-18)

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