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U+304F, く


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Etymology 1 edit

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

Syllable edit


  1. The hiragana syllable (ku). Its equivalent in katakana is (ku). It is the eighth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ka-gyō u-dan, row ka, section u).
Usage notes edit

Do not confuse it with the kana iteration mark which is sometimes used in vertical text.

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Etymology 2 edit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entries.
[number] nine
[number] ninth
[noun] nine
[noun] the ninth
Alternative spelling
[noun] (Buddhism) the mouth
[noun] (Buddhism) (by extension) one's speech, one's words
[noun] the mouthpiece of a flute
[counter] used to count people
[counter] used to count per-person portions
[counter] used to count open-mouthed containers
[counter] used to count bladed weapons or tools
[noun] ward, section, district
[noun] suffering
[noun] (Buddhism) dukkha
[noun] a short section from a longer text:
[noun] a phrase or clause
[noun] a sentence or line
[noun] a passage or paragraph
[noun] a verse from a song
[noun] a stanza from a poem
[counter] counter for stanzas from a poem or for haiku
[affix] carpenter's square
[affix] square (shape)
[affix] rule; law
[noun] (astronomy) quadrature
[affix] body
[counter] counter for Buddhist images
(This term, , is the hiragana spelling of the above terms.)
For a list of all kanji read as , see Category:Japanese kanji read as く.)

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

Etymology 3 edit

Some obsolete inflections.

Verb edit


  1. : disappear
  2. : come
  3. : repeat

Etymology 4 edit

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Alternative spelling

/-u aku//-ru aku//-ki aku//(-a)ku//-raku//-keku/

Originally a compound of the 連体形(れんたいけい) (rentaikei) of verbs and adjectives and (あく) (aku), 上代特殊仮名遣 (jōdai tokushu kanazukai) contractions of vowel clusters caused it to be reanalyzed as the suffixes:

The use of this nominalizer is called 語法(ごほう) (ku-gohō).

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Suffix edit


  1. (obsolete) A nominalizing suffix in Old Japanese.
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