hiragana definition by Webster's New World
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the more widely used portion of the Japanese kana, or syllabary, having characters that are cursive
hiragana definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The cursive and flowing variety of kana used in most modern Japanese texts, especially to represent inflectional endings and particles.
Origin: Japanese : hira, ordinary, plain + kana, kana; see kana .