See also: [U+5DE5 CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-5DE5], [U+0F62 TIBETAN LETTER RA], [U+31B2 BOPOMOFO LETTER ONG], Appendix:Variations of "e", and Appendix:Variations of "i"

U+30A8, エ

U+32D3, ㋓

Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
U+FF74, エ

Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms

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  1. yes

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Etymology edit

From right-hand part of man'yōgana .

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  1. The katakana syllable (e). Its equivalent in hiragana is (e). It is the fourth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (a-gyō e-dan, row a, section e).

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The katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of gairaigo (loan words), as well as to represent onomatopoeias, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. It is also occasionally used in some words for emphasis, or to ease reading; katakana may be preferred for words becoming buried in the text if they are written under their canonical form in hiragana. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words such as colloquial terms, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. Formerly, female given names were often written in katakana. [edit]

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  1. (obsolete) The katakana syllable (ye). Its equivalent in hiragana is 𛀁 (ye).

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Historically represented the ye syllable, when 𛀀 (e) was used in its place for what is currently represented by . In katakana representations of Old and Early Classical Japanese (when e and ye were phonemically distinct, prior to their merger in the mid-Heian period), ye is instead represented by 𛄡 (ye), a Meiji period invention, to avoid confusion with the modern use of to represent e.

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