Last modified on 9 February 2014, at 21:25
Character  コ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER KO
Unicode block Katakana
Codepoint U+30B3
See also: , , and

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji .

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization ko)

  1. The katakana syllable (ko), whose equivalent in hiragana is (ko). It is the tenth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (KA-gyō, O-dan; “row KA, section O”).
Usage notesEdit

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also written in katakana rather than the other systems.[edit]

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Etymology 2Edit

Eye dialect spelling of various words.

NounEdit

(romaji ko)

  1. : a boy, a girl, a child
  2. : small, little