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U+30DE, マ
KATAKANA LETTER MA

[U+30DD]
Katakana
[U+30DF]
U+32EE, ㋮
CIRCLED KATAKANA MA

[U+32ED]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32EF]
U+FF8F, マ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER MA

[U+FF8E]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF90]

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
 

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(romaji ma)

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

Usage notesEdit

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]

See alsoEdit