乙女

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: S Grade: 1

Etymology[edit]

/woto2me1/: [wotwome] → [wotome] → otome. Cognate with the verb ot- "to become young" with me1 as a female suffix. Contrasts with otoko, the male version.

Noun[edit]

乙女 (hiragana おとめ, historical hiragana をとめ, romaji otome)

  1. daughter
  2. virgin, maiden
  3. little girl, young lady

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