梅干し

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梅干し

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (ume, plum) +‎ 干し (hoshi, drying, dried), the stem noun form of 干す (hosu, to dry). The hoshi changes to boshi due to rendaku (連濁).

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梅干し (hiragana うめぼし, romaji umeboshi)

  1. umeboshi: salt-dried or pickled Japanese ume (a kind of plum); very sour, and often used as a condiment in Japanese cooking
  2. (slang) an elderly person (from the similarity of wrinkled skin to a wrinkled umeboshi; compare usage of English prune)
  3. (medicine) an unripe Japanese ume that has been smoked over a fire until black, used in traditional medicines and as a pigment

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