ジャガイモ

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ジャガイモ (jagaimo): a bunch of potatoes.

Etymology[edit]

Abbreviation of ジャガタラ (jagatara) +‎ (imo, potato).

ジャガタラ is a corruption of Dutch Djakarta, from Indonesian Jakarta, from Old Javanese jayakarta (victorious deed, complete act, complete victory).

The potato was first introduced to Japan via the Dutch East Indies, hence the Jakarta connection.[1][2]

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Noun[edit]

ジャガイモ (hiragana じゃがいも, romaji jagaimo)

  1. ジャガ芋: the potato, Solanum tuberosum: the plant or its edible tuber

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9