See also: , 5, and ら゚

U+3089, ら
HIRAGANA LETTER RA

[U+3088]
Hiragana
[U+308A]

Japanese

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): [ɾa̠]
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Etymology 1

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

Syllable

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(ra

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

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From Old Japanese. Verb conjugation ending.

Suffix

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(-ra

  1. (colloquial) imperfective form of the suffix .

Etymology 3

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For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
3
[suffix] pluralizer
[suffix] qualifier, softener: around abouts
(This term, , is the hiragana spelling of the above term.)
For a list of all kanji read as , see Category:Japanese kanji read as ら.)