南天

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Chinese[edit]

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south day; sky; heaven
simp. and trad.
(南天)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

南天

  1. the southern skies
  2. the southern areas (of China); Lingnan
  3. See 南天竹.

Japanese[edit]

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南天 (nanten), the plant: the leaves, immature flowers, and branches of a nandina plant.
Kanji in this term
なん
Grade: 2
てん
Grade: 1
on'yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Chinese 南天 (*nom *ten, literally southern heavens). Compare modern Chinese 南天 (nántiān).

Noun[edit]

南天 (hiragana なんてん, romaji nanten)

  1. the southern skies

Etymology 2[edit]

Apparently ultimately an abbreviation of Middle Chinese 南天竹 (*nom *ten *djiuk) or 南天竺 (*nom *ten *djiuk?), referring to a type of plant similar to bamboo, originating from an area further to the south (India or Indochina).[2] Compare modern Chinese 南天竹 (nántiān zhú).

Noun[edit]

南天 (hiragana なんてん, romaji nanten)

  1. nandina, heavenly bamboo, sacred bamboo: Nandina domestica, a kind of flowering shrub.
  2. a kind of 家紋 (kamon, family crest) featuring the nandina in the design.

Compounds[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

In biology contexts, this term is spelled in katakana as ナンテン.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan

Proper noun[edit]

南天 (hiragana なんてん, romaji Nanten)

  1. A female given name.