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Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  (female, woman) + phonetic .

Han character[edit]

(radical 38 +5, 8 strokes, cangjie input 女十木 (VJD), four-corner 45490, composition)

  1. younger sister

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 257, character 28
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 6138
  • Dae Jaweon: page 522, character 23
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1034, character 6
  • Unihan data for U+59B9

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping mui6, Yale mui6)

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

/imo1/ → /imo/. The medial /m/ means "woman, female" and is found in a number of related terms: me, onna, megami, omina, omo etc.

Noun[edit]

(hiragana いも, romaji imo)

  1. a close female companion; a sister or wife
Derived terms[edit]
  • (imōto)

Etymology 2[edit]

/imo1/ + hi1to2/ (person): /imopitə/ → /imoɸito/ → /imowito/ → /imouto/ → /imoːto/.

Noun[edit]

(hiragana いもうと, romaji imōto)

  1. one's own younger sister
  2. a younger female

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(mae) (hangeul , revised mae, McCune-Reischauer mae)

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Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin mèi (mei4), Wade-Giles mei4)

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Compounds[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(muội)

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