hiragana

noun
hi·​ra·​ga·​na | \ˌhir-ə-ˈgä-nə \

Definition of hiragana 

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

First Known Use of hiragana

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hiragana

Japanese, from hira- ordinary + kana syllabary

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