from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or modified Chinese characters.
- n. A character used in this system of writing.
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- n. Chinese characters as used for the Japanese language.
Japanese : kan, Chinese (from Middle Chinese xanh) + ji, characters (from Middle Chinese dzih).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Romanization of Japanese 漢字 (かんじ) (literally “Chinese characters”), from the Mandarin Chinese 漢字 (hànzì). (Wiktionary)