Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 22:25
Character  ヵ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER SMALL KA
Unicode block Katakana
Codepoint U+30F5

JapaneseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Small form of the katakana character (ka).

Combining formEdit

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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]

See alsoEdit

CounterEdit

(romaji -ヵ)

  1. Generic counter.

    • いっげつ
      ikka getsu
      one month's time
      Note that the ヵ doesn't really translate into English.

Alternative formsEdit