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Related to hiragana: katakana
The cursive and flowing variety of kana used in most modern Japanese texts especially to represent inflectional endings and particles.
[Japanese : hira, ordinary, plain + kana, kana; see kana.]
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(Journalism & Publishing) one of the Japanese systems of syllabic writing based on Chinese cursive ideograms. The more widely used of the two current systems, it is employed in newspapers and general literature. Compare katakana
[from Japanese: flat kana]
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hi•ra•ga•na(ˌhɪər əˈgɑ nə)
the cursive and more widely used of the two Japanese syllabaries. Compare katakana.
[1815–25; < Japanese, =hira ordinary + -gana, comb. form of kana kana]
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