See also: क़

U+0915, क
DEVANAGARI LETTER KA

[U+0914]
Devanagari
[U+0916]

Translingual edit

 
Stroke order.

Pronunciation edit

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(ka)

  1. The Devanagari script’s unvoiced, unaspirated guttural consonant; k /k/

See also edit

This letter creates several irregular ligatures.

Dhivehi edit

Pronunciation edit

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(ka)

  1. The eighth consonant in Dhivehi, written in Devanagari

Hindi edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (Delhi Hindi) IPA(key): /kə/, [kɐ]

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(ka)

  1. the first consonant in Hindi

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Marathi edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /kə/
  • (file)

Letter edit

(ka)

  1. The first consonant in Marathi.

Nepali edit

Pronunciation edit

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(ka)

  1. The first consonant in Nepali.

Pali edit

Alternative forms edit

Pronoun edit

 m

  1. Devanagari script form of ka (who (m.))
    • c. 500 AD, Kaccāyana, Pālivyākaraṇaṃ [Pali Grammar]‎[1], page 2; republished as Satish Chandra Acharyya Vidyabhusana, editor, Kaccayana's Pali Grammar (edited in Devanagari character and translated into English), Calcutta, Bengal: Mahabodhi Society, 1901:
      अक्खर इच्‍चनेन क्वत्‍थो? अत्थो अक्खर-सञ्ञातो
      Akkhara iccanena kvattho? Attho akkhara-saññāto.
      What is the meaning of this, viz. a 'letter'? The meaning comes from being skilled in letters.

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Pronoun edit

 n

  1. Devanagari script form of ka (what)

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Sanskrit edit

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Etymology 1 edit

From Proto-Indo-Aryan *kás, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *kás, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷós. Cognate with Avestan𐬐𐬀(ka), Ancient Greek ποῖος (poîos), Latin quis, Old English hwā (whence English who).

Pronoun edit

()

  1. interrogative pronoun; who, what, which
    सः कः?saḥ kaḥ?Who is he?
    एषः कः?eṣaḥ kaḥ?What is this?
Usage notes edit

Sentences beginning with (ka) are often terminated with इति (iti).

Declension edit

See किम् (kim).

Etymology 2 edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun edit

(ka) stemm

  1. a name
    1. name of (a) प्रजापति (prajāpati)
    2. name of ब्रह्मन् (brahman)
    3. name of दक्ष (dakṣa)
    4. name of विष्णु (viṣṇu)
    5. name of यम (yama)
    6. name of गरुड (garuḍa)
  2. the soul
  3. a particular comet
  4. the sun
  5. fire
  6. splendor, light
  7. air
  8. a peacock
  9. the body
  10. time
  11. wealth
  12. sound
  13. a king
  14. Synonym of काम-ग्रन्थि (kāma-granthi)?

Etymology 3 edit

From कम् (kam, to wish, desire, love).

Noun edit

(ka) stemn

  1. happiness, joy, pleasure
  2. water
  3. the head
  4. hair, a head of hair

References edit

  • Monier Williams (1899), “”, in A Sanskrit–English Dictionary, [], new edition, Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, →OCLC, page 247/2.
  • Mayrhofer, Manfred (1992) Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altindoarischen [Etymological Dictionary of Old Indo-Aryan]‎[2] (in German), volume 1, Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, pages 284-285