Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji 恵 in the cursive sōsho style.
ゑ (romaji we, alternative romaji e)
- (archaic) The hiragana syllable ゑ (we). Its equivalent in katakana is ヱ (we). It is the forty-sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is わ行え段 (wa-gyō e-dan, “row wa, section e”).
|For pronunciation and definitions of ゑ – see the following entries.|
|(This term, ゑ, is a historical hiragana spelling of the above terms.|
For a list of all kanji read as ゑ, not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as ゑ.)
This is now a rarely used hiragana. It was replaced by え during the Japanese script reform.