[heer-uh-gah-nuh; Japanese hee-rah-gah-nah]
the cursive and more widely used of the two Japanese syllabaries.
Compare katakana.

1815–25; < Japanese, equivalent to hira ordinary (earlier f(y)ira < *pira) + -gana, combining form of kana kana

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hiragana (ˌhɪərəˈɡɑːnə)
Compare katakana 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
[from Japanese: flat kana]

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hiragana definition

The cursive formed Japanese kana syllabary. Hiragana is mostly used for grammatical particles, verb-inflection, and Japanese words which are not written in kanji or which are too difficult for an educated person to read or write in kanji. Hiragana are also used for furigana.

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Example sentences
The top one shows how it is normally written in the phonetic hiragana style.
Kana is, itself, composed of two alphabets called hiragana and katakana.
Hiragana is a related alphabet that is used to represent words of other languages.
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