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[kah-nuh; Japanese kah-nah] /ˈkɑ nə; Japanese ˈkɑ nɑ/

a Japanese syllabic script consisting of 71 symbols and having two written varieties.
the Japanese syllabary, which consists of two written varieties See hiragana, katakana

The two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana.


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