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



(romaji nu)

  1. The katakana syllable (nu). Its equivalent in hiragana is (nu). It is the twenty-third syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (na-gyō u-dan, row na, 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 onomatopoeias, 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. Formerly, female given names were written in katakana. [edit]

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Punctuation markEdit

  1. Iteration mark, indicating that the previous character should be repeated. The Japanese equivalent is .
    埃ヌ (ai ai, everyone, everybody)
    𩇢ヌ (xanh xanh, greenish, bluish)
    𠫾ヌ吏ヌ (đi đi lại lại, to pace around, to go back and forth)