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Etymology 1Edit

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(romaji ha)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ha). Its equivalent in katakana is (ha). It is the twenty-sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ha-gyō a-dan, row ha, section a).
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Etymology 2Edit

/pa//ɸa//wa/

From Old Japanese. Used in the oldest Japanese writings, including the Man'yōshū finished some time after 759 CE.[1][2]

The spelling was preserved as (usually read as ha) in the script reform, rather than changed to (wa) as would otherwise be expected from the phonetics.

PronunciationEdit

ParticleEdit

(rōmaji wa)

  1. a particle that acts as a topic marker
    これ (いぬ)です。
    Kore wa inu desu.
    This [the topic, about which we are speaking] is a dog.
Usage notesEdit

Note that English has no direct counterpart. For illustrative purposes, it may be translated as "as for" or a similar phrase. For example, "As for this, it is a dog". This often does not produce very natural English, however.

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Etymology 3Edit

The reading of various kanji terms.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(rōmaji ha)

  1. : feather
  2. : leaf
  3. : tooth
  4. : edge
  5. : blade edge
  6. : (historical) in ancient times, a kind of fan used by servants to shield the face of nobles
  7. : group, faction, sect
  8. : (music) a slower break or section in the middle of a piece of gagaku music
  9. : supremacy, hegemony

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9