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Etymology

Romanization of Japanese 漢字 (かんじ) (literally “Chinese characters”), from the Mandarin Chinese hanzi.

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Noun

Singular
kanji

Plural
kanji

kanji (kanji)
  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 (Japanese reading, 訓読み) and the on’yomi (Chinese reading, 音読み). There may also be a nanori or name reading that is used for people and places.

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Japanese

Noun

kanji (hiragana かんじ)

  1. 漢字: kanji

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Malay

Noun

kanji

  1. starch

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