Obsolete form of い (the current form of the Hiragana syllable i). Simplified from 以.
𛀆 (romaji yi)
- In modern Japanese, old /ji/ evolved into /i/, and is written as い in hiragana and イ in katakana. Sound /ji/ reintroduced later is written as いぃ in hiragana and イィ in katakana - however most speakers pronounce this as a long /i/ sound.
- 𛀆 is a retrospective invention. It was not actually used in the ancient Japanese literature (which uses man'yōgana instead) and thus is not included in the historical kana orthography.
- In Meiji era grammar books, 𛀆 was sometimes used to spell や行上一段活用 verbs, as well as や行上二段活用 verbs. However, this was not universal; some books did this, while others did not.
Words containing Old Japanese /ji/ of Sinitic origin
- 犀 (sai) ← 犀 (sayi)
Words containing Old Japanese /ji/ of Japonic origin