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Japanese Katakana FU.png
U+30D5, フ
KATAKANA LETTER HU

[U+30D4]
Katakana
[U+30D6]
U+32EB, ㋫
CIRCLED KATAKANA HU

[U+32EA]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32EC]
U+FF8C, フ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER HU

[U+FF8B]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF8D]

Contents

AinuEdit

AdjectiveEdit

(hu)

  1. raw, uncooked
    フアマㇺfu amamraw rice, uncooked rice
  2. green, living
    フニfu nigreen wood

ReferencesEdit

  • John Batchelor (1905) An Ainu-English-Japanese dictionary (including a grammar of the Ainu language)[1], Tokyo; London: Methodist Publishing House; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner Co., page 133, available online here

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
 

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(romaji fu)

  1. The katakana syllable (fu). Its equivalent in hiragana is (fu). It is the twenty-eighth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ha-gyō u-dan, row ha, 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. It is also occasionally used colloquially in some words for emphasis. 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]

See alsoEdit