from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The cursive and flowing variety of kana used in most modern Japanese texts, especially to represent inflectional endings and particles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The main syllabary for the Japanese language, used to represent native Japanese words, including particles, and when kanji is used, to represent verb and adjective endings.
- n. A letter thereof
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cursive form of Japanese writing, said to have been introduced by a Buddhist priest named Kuhai about the middle of the ninth century.
Japanese : hira, ordinary, plain + kana, kana; see kana.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Japanese romanization of 平仮名. (Wiktionary)