Meaning of katakana

ka•ta•ka•na

Pronunciation: (kä"tu-kä'nu Japn. kä'tä-kä'nä), [key]
— n.
  1. the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries. Cf. hiragana.
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