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kaf Tweet Definition of kaf Like Definition of kaf on Facebook
noun
  1. The twenty-second letter of the Arabic alphabet.
  1. A variant spelling of kaph.
kana Tweet Definition of kana Like Definition of kana on Facebook
noun (pl=kana)
  1. The hiragana and katakana syllabary, syllabaries. These are used to write Japanese words and particles using characters that represent syllables. Kana are derived from kanji.
  2. A hiragana or katakana character.
kanji Tweet Definition of kanji Like Definition of kanji on Facebook
noun
  1. Chinese characters, one of the three main writing systems of Japanese. Kanji were borrowed from the Chinese language in three waves, starting in the 5th century. There are two main ways of reading most characters, the kun'yomi, kun"yomi (Japanese reading, 訓読) and the on'yomi, on"yomi (Chinese reading, Ÿ読). There may also be a nanori or name reading that is used for people and places.
kaph Tweet Definition of kaph Like Definition of kaph on Facebook
noun , also koph or kaf
  1. The eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet, ך כ.
kappa Tweet Definition of kappa Like Definition of kappa on Facebook
noun
  1. The tenth letter of the Greek alphabet.
katakana Tweet Definition of katakana Like Definition of katakana on Facebook
noun (katakana)
  1. (uncountable) A Japanese syllabary used when writing words borrowed from foreign languages other than Chinese, specific names of plants and animals and other jargon, or to emphasize a word or phrase.
  2. A letter thereof
Koine Tweet Definition of Koine Like Definition of Koine on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The "common" Greek language that developed and flourished between 300 BC and AD 300 (the time of the Roman Empire), and from which Modern Greek descended. It was based on the Attic and Ionian dialects of Ancient Greek.

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