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n. pl. kanji or kan·jis
1. A Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or modified Chinese characters.
2. A character used in this system of writing.

[Japanese : kan, Chinese (from Middle Chinese xan`); see Han1 + ji, character (from Middle Chinese dzı̷h; also the source of Mandarin and akin to Mandarin , child, since certain characters were said to be derived from simpler characters, and ultimately derived from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *tsa, child; akin to Tibetan tsha, grandchild).]
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(ˈkændʒɪ; ˈkɑːn-)
n, pl -ji or -jis
1. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a Japanese writing system using characters mainly derived from Chinese ideograms
2. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a character in this system
[Japanese, from Chinese han Chinese + zi character]
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(ˈkɑn dʒi)

a system of Japanese writing using Chinese-derived characters.
[1915–20; < Japanese]
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This is the Kun reading given to the character when it occurs in isolation and when it occurs in compounds such as 'chichioya' (father) and 'hahaoya' (mother).
Although the Kun reading is the natural pronunciation of a single character Kanji word, many have alternative On readings (or even less frequent Kun readings).
All ratings related to the dominant Kun reading of each character and were obtained from different individuals from those who participated in the experiment.
Gilhooly & Logie, 1980), the raters used a seven-point scale to indicate the age at which they believe Japanese children learn the spoken word denoted by the Kun reading of each of the 150 Kanji.