katakana

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ka·ta·ka·na

 (kä′tä-kä′nä)
n.
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.]

katakana

(ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːnə)
n
(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)

n.
the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries. Compare hiragana.
[1720–30]
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