Kana meaning

kä'nə
Japanese syllabic writing. The characters are simplified kanji and are usually used with kanji primarily to write inflections, particles, and function words and to show the pronunciations of some kanji and of all foreign words.
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Any of the characters used in this system.
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The portion of the Japanese writing system that is a syllabary.
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Any of the characters in this syllabary.
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The hiragana and katakana syllabaries. These are used to write Japanese words and particles using characters that represent syllables. Kana are derived from kanji.
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A hiragana or katakana character.
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Plural form of kana.
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Origin of kana

Japanese from Old Japanese kanna, kana contraction of karina (literally, provisional letter, as opposed to kanji which were considered to be Chinese characters in their true use) kari- provisional, not according to rule na name, letter