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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai KE.png
U+3051, け
HIRAGANA LETTER KE

[U+3050]
Hiragana
[U+3052]

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
 

PronunciationEdit

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 .

SyllableEdit

(romaji ke)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ke). Its equivalent in katakana is (ke). It is the ninth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ka-gyō e-dan, row ka, section e).
Derived termsEdit
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Etymology 2Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry at .
け【毛】
[noun]hair, fur
(This term, , is a hiragana spelling of .)

Etymology 3Edit

/kai//keː//ke/

From earlier けえ (), in turn a sound shift from かい (kai).[1]

PronunciationEdit

ParticleEdit

(rōmaji ke)

  1. (informal, intimate, sometimes considered dialectal) (question particle)

Etymology 4Edit

/koi//keː//ke/

VerbEdit

(rōmaji ke)

  1. (Kagoshima, dialectal) come! (imperative form, equivalent to mainland  () (koi))
    • 1984 February 15, Murakami, Motoka, “またいつか、しょうまでのまき [One Day, We’ll Face off Again]”, in けん [Musashi’s Sword], volume 13 (fiction), Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 77:
      よかか…オイのなはだかけんすけ…くやしかったら鹿児島カゴッマセェこいいっでんいつでもしょうしてやっで‼
      Yoka ka… Oi no na wa Hidaka Kensuke… Kuyashikattara Kagomma sē ke‼ Idden shōbu shite yadde‼
      Awrite… Mah name’s Hidaka Kensuke… Come to Kagoshima when yer ready‼ Ah’ll be waitin’ to settle witcha again‼

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan