玉ねぎ

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
たま
Grade: 1

Etymology[edit]

From 玉葱, from (ball) +‎ ねぎ (scallion, green onion), literally “ball scallion”.

Note that in Japanese, 葱 (green onion) is the more basic term from which “onion” is derived, while in English it is the reverse – “onion” is basic, while “green onion” is derived from it, reflecting the different importance in cuisine (葱 is more basic to Japanese cuisine, onion is more basic to English cuisine).

Noun[edit]

玉ねぎ (hiragana たまねぎ, katakana タマネギ, romaji tamanegi)

  1. an onion

Alternative forms[edit]