えた

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From (e, esa, animal feed) + 取る (toru, take)

The kanji form 穢多 first appeared in 1296 in the folded book 天狗草紙 (​Tengu Sōshi). The word itself appears as the earlier form etori in 935 in the 和名類聚抄 (Wamyō Ruijushō), with this and later sources indicating that the word originally meant the job or profession of preparing food for hawks and falcons. Over time, this came to mean anyone dealing with butchery, which itself was viewed as an unclean profession, and by extension then the untouchables of Japanese society.

As alternate theories, eta may have developed out of association with the word 蝦夷 (ezo, the Ezo or Ainu ethnic group), or from the word 穢手 (ete, cleaner, janitor).

Noun[edit]

えた (romaji eta)

  1. 穢多: (historical, offensive) the lowest group in Japan’s caste system during the Edo period
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

The perfective form or past tense of various verbs.

Verb[edit]

えた (romaji eta)

  1. past tense form of える