Last modified on 31 March 2014, at 03:29
Character  ロ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER RO
Unicode block Katakana
Codepoint U+30ED
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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization ro)

  1. The katakana syllable (ro), whose equivalent in hiragana is (ro). It is the forty-third syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (RA-gyō, O-dan; “row RA, section O”).

Proper nounEdit

(romaji Ro)

  1. short form for Russia or Russian, Russo- (prefix), short form of ロシア (Roshia), also written in kanji: (ろ, Ro).

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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