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kana

[kah-nuh; Japanese kah-nah] /ˈkɑ nə; Japanese ˈkɑ nɑ/
noun
1.
a Japanese syllabic script consisting of 71 symbols and having two written varieties.
Compare hiragana, katakana.
Origin of kana
1720-1730
1720-30; < Japanese; earlier kanna, kari-na makeshift names (i.e., characters) as opposed to ma-na true characters, i.e., kanji
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  • It showed up perfectly in the preview, but now the kanji and kana appear as question marks.
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kana

/ˈkɑːnə/
noun
1.
the Japanese syllabary, which consists of two written varieties See hiragana, katakana
Word Origin
C18: from Japanese, literally: borrowed or provisional letters; compare kanji, which are regarded as real letters
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kana in Technology

Japanese
The two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana.
(2001-03-18)

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