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n. pl. kanji or kan·jis
1. A Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or modified Chinese characters.
2. A character used in this system of writing.
[Japanese : kan, Chinese (from Middle Chinese xan`); see Han1 + ji, character (from Middle Chinese dzı̷h; also the source of Mandarin jì and akin to Mandarin zǐ, child, since certain characters were said to be derived from simpler characters, and ultimately derived from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *tsa, child; akin to Tibetan tsha, grandchild).]
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n, pl -ji or -jis
1. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a Japanese writing system using characters mainly derived from Chinese ideograms
2. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a character in this system
[Japanese, from Chinese han Chinese + zi character]
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a system of Japanese writing using Chinese-derived characters.
[1915–20; < Japanese]
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