桜桃

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Sinitic 櫻桃.

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Noun[edit]

桜桃 (hiragana おうとう, romaji ōtō, historical hiragana あうたう)

  1. alternate for (sakura): a cherry tree
  2. the 西洋実桜 (seiyō mizakura), the wild cherry, Prunus avium
  3. the 英桃 (yusura ume), the downy cherry, Prunus tomentosa
  4. (euphemistic) a beautiful woman; a beautiful woman's lips

Etymology 2[edit]

Numerous theories.

Possibly a compound of (sakura, cherry tree) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ (ho, a bud or fruit towards the end of a long stem). The no contacts to n. The ho changes to bo due to rendaku (連濁).

Alternately, a compound of (sakura, cherry tree) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ (, a monk), also used as a suffix to indicate affection, also used to allude to the round smooth shape of a monk's shaven head.

Alternately, a compound of (sakura, cherry tree) +‎ (momo, peach; any bulging round fruit).

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Noun[edit]

桜桃 (hiragana さくらんぼ, romaji sakuranbo) Template:ja-altread hira=さくらんぼう

  1. the cherry fruit