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A relatively angular kana used especially to write foreign words, onomatopoetic words, and the names of plants and animals in Japanese.
[Japanese : kata, one + kana, kana; see kana.]
(Linguistics) 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
[Japanese, from kata side + kana]
ka•ta•ka•na (ˌkɑ təˈkɑ nə)
the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries. Compare hiragana.
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