沼気

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See also: 沼氣

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Etymology[edit]

/seuki//ɕeuki//ɕʲoːki/

From Middle Chinese compound 沼氣 (tsyewX khjɨjH, literally pool, pond, swamp + vapors, gas). Compare modern Cantonese reading ziu2 hei3.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

沼気 (hiragana しょうき, romaji shōki, historical hiragana せうき)

  1. marsh gas, swamp gas, methane (naturally occurring)

Usage notes[edit]

Although one translation of this term is methane, this refers more specifically to the methane produced from organic matter rotting in a body of water. One would not generally use this term to refer to methane or natural gas as used for cooking or heating.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9