See also: and サ゚

U+30B6, ザ
KATAKANA LETTER ZA
Composition: [U+30B5] + ◌゙ [U+3099]

[U+30B5]
Katakana
[U+30B7]

Japanese

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Etymology 1

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The katakana character (sa) with a dakuten ().

Pronunciation

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Syllable

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(za

  1. The katakana syllable (za). Its equivalent in hiragana is (za).
Usage notes
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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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Etymology 2

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Borrowed from English the.

Particle

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(za

  1. (colloquial) Used to add emphasis to a noun and imply that it is a classic example of something.
Quotations
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For quotations using this term, see Citations:ザ.

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Further reading

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