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hiragana

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noun hi·ra·ga·na \ˌhir-ə-ˈgä-nə\

Definition of hiragana

  1. :  the cursive script that is one of two sets of symbols of Japanese syllabic writing — compare katakana



Origin and Etymology of hiragana

Japanese, from hira- ordinary + kana syllabary


First Known Use: 1859


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