See also: , か゚, and
Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai KA.svg
U+304B, か
HIRAGANA LETTER KA

[U+304A]
Hiragana
[U+304C]

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
 

Etymology 1Edit

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(romaji ka)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ka). Its equivalent in katakana is (ka). It is the sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ka-gyō a-dan, row ka, section a).
Derived termsEdit
See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Japonic *ka. Compare Korean (kka, interrogative particle), Finnish -ko, -kö (interrogative suffix).

ParticleEdit

(ka

  1. final interrogative particle, similar to a question mark ("?").
    (げん)()です
    O-genki desu ka.
    How are you?
    (literally, “How is your health?”)
    どうすればいいわからない。
    Dō sureba ii ka wakaranai.
    I don't know what I should do.
  2. particle marking alternatives in a list; "or"
    これそれどっち(えら)んで
    Kore ka, sore ka, dotchika erande yo.
    This or that, choose one of them.
  3. whether (or not)
    ()()らない
    Iku ka shiranai.
    I don't know whether he'll go.
  4. indication of doubt
    ()(おも)いますが……
    Iku ka to omoimasu ga……
    I think he'll go (but I'm not sure)....
Alternative formsEdit
Usage notesEdit
  • In Classical Japanese, attaches to the rentaikei:
    (だれ)(てん)()(つく)りしか。
    Dare ga tenchi o tsukurishi ka.
    Who made the heaven and the earth?
See alsoEdit

Etymology 3Edit

PrefixEdit

(ka-

  1. (emphatic, before an adjective, non-productive) very
    + ‎弱い (yowai) → ‎か弱い (kayowai)
    + ‎細い (hosoi) → ‎か細い (kabosoi)

Etymology 4Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entries.
1
[counter] daytimes
[counter] number of days
4
[noun] a pleasant smell; a scent, a fragrance, an aroma
S
[noun] mosquito
鹿4
[noun] (archaic) deer
S
[pronoun] distal demonstrative, something far off removed from both speaker and listener: that, yon
(This term, , is an alternative spelling of the above terms.
For a list of all kanji read as , not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as か.)

Etymology 5Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entries.
1
[affix] down; below; beneath
[suffix] under a situation
1
[noun] a fire
[noun] one of the five classical elements in traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine: see   Wu Xing on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
[noun] (historical) under the old 律令 (Ritsuryō) system of ancient Japan, a military grouping, consisting of 10 soldiers: a squad
[noun] Short for 火曜日 (kayōbi): Tuesday
[affix] fire
[affix] light
[affix] burning
[affix] passion
[affix] imminently
[affix] explosive
[proper noun] Antares, in the constellation Scorpio
1
[affix] flower
[affix] red-light district
2
[suffix] department, section
[suffix] (taxonomy) family
2
[proper noun] the Xia dynasty (first dynasty of China)
[proper noun] Short for 大夏 (Daika): Xia, one of the Sixteen Kingdoms
[proper noun] Short for 西夏 (Seika): Western Xia, an empire during the Song dynasty
[proper noun] a surname
[proper noun] a male or female given name
2
[suffix] an expert, professional, performer
2
[affix] a song; to sing
[affix] Japanese poetry; waka
3
[affix] to change; to take the form of
[affix] to influence
[suffix] -ization, -ification; action of making something that way
3
[counter] loads that can be carried on one's shoulders
4
[noun] addition
[affix] addition
[affix] Short for 加奈陀 (Canada (a country)).
[affix] (US) Short for 央州 (Oregon (a state of the United States)).
4
[counter] pieces of fruit
[noun] fruit
[noun] (Buddhism) phala, attained state, result
[noun] (Buddhism) enlightenment (as the fruits of one's Buddhist practice)
4
[affix] currency
[affix] goods
[affix] treasure
4
[counter] lessons
[counter] chapters of a book
[noun] lesson
[suffix] section, department
[suffix] lesson
5
[noun] passable
[noun] allowed
[suffix] permitted, allowed, licensed
5
[prefix] temporary
[prefix] unreal, fake, imaginary
5
[affix] price
[affix] value
5
[affix] river
5
[noun] fault; error; mistake
[noun] the past
[noun] excess
[prefix] (chemistry) super-, over-; per
S
[affix] beautiful, good
[affix] excellent
S
[noun] a rack; a mount; a stand
[counter] flat framed items
S
[noun] flashiness, showiness
[proper noun] a surname
[proper noun] a male or female given name
S
[counter] fruit
S
[affix] eddy, swirl, whirlpool, vortex
S
[noun] minority
H
[counter] indicates small round things, such as gemstones, fruit, stones, tears
[noun] a condyle
H
[counter] : Counter for months, places or provisions of Classical Chinese origin.
Alternative spellings
,
(This term, , is an alternative spelling of the above Sino-Japanese terms.
For a list of all kanji read as , not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as か.)

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