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Translingual[edit]

Han character[edit]

(radical 46 +17, 20 strokes, cangjie input 山火一大 (UFMK), composition)

  1. cliff, precipice
  2. cave, grotto

References[edit]

  • KangXi: not present, would follow page 322, character 29
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 8624
  • Dae Jaweon: page 622, character 42
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: not present, would follow volume 1, page 806, character 16
  • Unihan data for U+5DCC

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping ngaam4, Yale ngaam4)

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A compound of iha "stone" and ho "surface".

Historically /ihaho/. /h/ underwent a number of phonological changes. In intervocalic environments, such as this, *p → ɸ → w. Hence, *ipapo → iɸaɸo → iwawo. The distinction between /o/ and /wo/ was lost early resulting in /o/. Hence, [iwao].

Kanji[edit]

(“Jinmeiyō” kanji used for names)

Readings[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana いわ, romaji iwa, historical hiragana いは)

  1. rock

Proper noun[edit]

(hiragana いわお, romaji Iwao, historical hiragana いはほ)

  1. A male given name

Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin yán (yan2), Wade-Giles yen2)

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