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U+308E, ゎ
HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL WA

[U+308D]
Hiragana
[U+308F]

Japanese

Combining form

  1. Small combining form of hiragana (wa) used in the archaic 拗音 (yōon) morae くゎ (kwa) and ぐゎ (gwa), for instance in the name くゎんおん (Kwan'on). Historically it was not distinguished from the full-size version; in modern language the sound has generally simplified to (ka) or (ga).

Related terms

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

See also