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U+30E1, メ
KATAKANA LETTER ME

[U+30E0]
Katakana
[U+30E2]
U+32F1, ㋱
CIRCLED KATAKANA ME

[U+32F0]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32F2]
U+FF92, メ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER ME

[U+FF91]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF93]

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(romaji me)

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

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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