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U+30E7, ョ
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YO

[U+30E6]
Katakana
[U+30E8]
U+FF6E, ョ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YO

[U+FF6D]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF6F]

Japanese

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Etymology

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Small form of the katakana character (yo).

Combining form

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  1. Small combining form of katakana (yo) used in 拗音 (yōon) morae that end in o, such as ショ (sho), チョ (cho), and キョ (kyo). Historically not distinguished from full-size version.

Usage notes

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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]

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  • (small ya)
  • (small yu)
  • (hiragana small yo)
  • (full-size yo)

See also

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