海豹

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Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Originally a compound of Old Japanese elements (aza, bruise) +‎ (ra, a pluralizer, lots of) +‎ (shi, beast, especially one used for meat). The bruise meaning was in reference to the spotted coat.

The 海豹 spelling is an example of ateji. The characters literally mean “sea leopard”.

Pronunciation[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

海豹 (hiragana あざらし, katakana アザラシ, romaji azarashi)

  1. an earless seal, a true seal (the mammal), a member of family Phocidae

Usage notes[edit]

As with many terms used in biology, this is often spelled in katakana, as アザラシ.

See also[edit]

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

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin hǎibào
Zhuyin ㄏㄞˇ ㄅㄠˋ
IPA (key) /xaɪ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ pɑʊ̯⁵¹/

Noun[edit]

海豹 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin hǎibào, classifier /)

  1. seal; earless seal; true seal