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. Variants include those derived by similar process from , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

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).

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、どっちか(えら)んでよ。
    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

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
[proper noun] Abbreviation of 加奈陀 (Kanada): Canada
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
(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.)

(The following entries are uncreated: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .)

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.)