慈姑

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See also: 慈菇

Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

慈姑

  1. (botany) the arrowhead plant, Sagittaria sagittifolia

References[edit]

  • ABC Chinese-English Dictionary, John DeFrancis, 1997, page 94
  • The Pinyin Chinese-English Dictionary, Jingrong Wu, 1979, page 111
  • Lin Yutang, page 1071

Japanese[edit]

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慈姑 (kuwai): the arrowhead plant.
Kanji in this term
Grade: S Hyōgaiji
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. One theory suggests that this is an alteration from (kawa imo, “river tuber”), but the old kana spelling of くわゐ (kwawi) for 慈姑 does not match the old kana spelling of かはうも (kafaumo) for .

The kanji are ateji.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

慈姑 (hiragana くわい, katakana クワイ, romaji kuwai, historical hiragana くわゐ)

  1. (botany) the arrowhead plant, Sagittaria trifolia var. edulis, cultivated since ancient times for its edible bulb

Usage notes[edit]

As with many words that name organisms, this term is often written in katakana in biology contexts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3