峨眉

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

峨眉 derives from the word 蛾眉 (the feathery feelers of a moth), so named because the peaks of Mount Emei do in fact resemble the feelers of a moth (see pictures). The "insect" radical () on the left side of the first character was later replaced with the "mountain" radical (). Thus, eventually became , so as to denote the mountain. The "mountain" radical can be optionally added to the second character . Both 峨嵋 and 峨眉 have been used through the centuries.

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Proper noun[edit]

峨眉

  1. Mount Emei

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Derived terms[edit]

峨眉
note how the feelers of this moth resemble the peaks of Mount Emei (pictured above)

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