katakana

[kah-tuh-kah-nuh; Japanese kah-tah-kah-nah]
noun
the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries.
Compare hiragana.


Origin:
1720–30; < Japanese, equivalent to kata part (of kanji) + kana kana

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katakana (ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːnə)
 
n
one of the two systems of syllabic writing employed for the representation of Japanese, based on Chinese ideograms. It is used mainly for foreign or foreign-derived words
 
[Japanese, from kata side + kana]

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katakana definition

Japanese
The square-formed Japanese kana syllabary. Katakana is mostly used to write foreign names, foreign words, and loan words as well as many onomatopeia, plant and animal names.
(2001-03-18)

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Kana is, itself, composed of two alphabets called hiragana and katakana.
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