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U+3045, ぅ
HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL U

[U+3044]
Hiragana
[U+3046]

Japanese

Combining form

  1. Small combining form of hiragana (u) used to explicitly specify the vowel part of the previous hiragana character, or to show a speaker's pronunciation or extension of that vowel.
    - the sound [du] rather than [de] () or [zu] ()
    です - specifies that the final u in です (desu) should not be silent
    ですぅぅぅ - specifies that the final u in です (desu) should be very long

Related terms

  • (katakana small u)
  • (full-size u)

See also