hiragana

noun
hi·​ra·​ga·​na | \ ˌhir-ə-ˈgä-nə How to pronounce hiragana (audio) \

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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“Hiragana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hiragana. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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