惑星

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わく
Grade: S
せい
Grade: 2
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惑星

Etymology[edit]

Wasei kango: a Japanese coinage based on Chinese.

Coined in 1792 by Dutch-Japanese translator Motoki Yoshinaga in his translation of Copernicus's De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and its heliocentric model. Sinic compound of (waku, to move about confusedly, to wander) +‎ (sei, star).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

惑星 (hiragana わくせい, romaji wakusei)

  1. (astronomy) planet
    あの (ひかり) (ほし)じゃなくて、惑星 (わくせい)なんですね。
    ano hikari wa hoshi janakute, wakusei nan desu ne.
    That light there isn't a star, it's a planet.
  2. (obsolete) a dark horse
    政界 (せいかい)惑星 (わくせい)
    seikai no wakusei
    a dark horse in the political world

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References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.