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katakana

katakana

noun ka·ta·ka·na \ˌkä-tə-ˈkä-nə\

Definition of KATAKANA

:  the form of Japanese syllabic writing used especially for scientific terms, official documents, and words adopted from other languages — compare hiragana

Origin of KATAKANA

Japanese, from kata part + kana kana
First Known Use: 1727

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