正山小種

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Chinese[edit]

the "lineal mountains" subvariety
trad. (正山小種) 正山 小種
simp. (正山小种) 正山 小种

Etymology[edit]

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Particularly: “Unclear how 正山 equates to lapsang, since that should be 立山 instead.”

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

正山小種

  1. lapsang souchong (tea plant)

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Japanese[edit]

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正山小種 (rapusan sūchon, seisan shōshu): loose lapsang souchong tea.

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Grade: 1 Grade: 1 Grade: 4
Irregular

Borrowing from Cantonese 立山小種 (laap6 saan1 siu2 zung2, literally sub-variety from Lapu Mountain).

The spelling was apparently changed prior to borrowing into Japanese, replacing the (laap6) character with the (zeng3) character while keeping the pronunciation unchanged.

The reading is an approximation of modern Cantonese, and is thus neither on'yomi nor kun'yomi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɾ̠a̠pɯᵝsã̠n sɯᵝːt͡ɕʲõ̞ɴ]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

正山小種 (katakana ラプサン・スーチョン, romaji rapusan sūchon)

  1. lapsang souchong tea
Usage notes[edit]

This reading appears to be the most common.

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
せい
Grade: 1
さん
Grade: 1
しょう
Grade: 1
しゅ
Grade: 4
on'yomi

The spelling is a borrowing from Chinese 正山小種. The reading is the expected on'yomi for these characters.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

正山小種 (hiragana せいさんしょうしゅ, romaji seisan shōshu)

  1. lapsang souchong tea
Usage notes[edit]

This reading appears to be substantially less common than rapusan sūchon above. However, it is also the most obvious reading from a Japanese perspective, using the standard Japanese pronunciation of the characters.