Definition - One of the two syllabaries used in Japan; the other being Katakana. This was designed specifically to be used by women.

Etymology -
The word Hiragana means "plain kana" in Japanese — where kana means "borrowed letters."

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1822:
"These two kinds of poems are composed in firokanna, or women's writing."
(F. Shoberl tr. Titsingh's Illustr. Japan 122)

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