U+30C4, ツ
KATAKANA LETTER TU

[U+30C3]
Katakana
[U+30C5]
U+FF82, ツ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER TU

[U+FF81]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF83]
See also: , , , and ツ゚

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TranslingualEdit

SymbolEdit

  1. An emoticon representing a smiling face.

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JapaneseEdit

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PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji or .

SyllableEdit

‎(romaji tsu)

  1. The katakana syllable (tsu). Its equivalent in hiragana is (tsu). It is the eighteenth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ta-gyō u-dan, row ta, section u).

Usage notesEdit

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. [edit]

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