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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai WI.png
U+3090, ゐ
HIRAGANA LETTER WI

[U+308F]
Hiragana
[U+3091]

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(romaji wi, alternative romaji i)

  1. (obsolete) The hiragana syllable (wi). Its equivalent in katakana is (wi). It is the forty-fifth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (wa-gyō i-dan, row wa, section i).
  2. (rare) The hiragana syllable (i). Its equivalent in katakana is (i). It is the forty-fifth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (wa-gyō i-dan, row wa, section i).

Usage notesEdit

This is a rarely used hiragana.

The following kanji once used this pronunciation, but this has been replaced by the pronunciation (i).

See alsoEdit