珊瑚礁

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Japanese[edit]

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珊瑚礁: an atoll formed from a coral reef

Etymology[edit]

Compound of 珊瑚 (sango, coral) +‎ (shō, reef).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • On'yomi
  • IPA(key): /sa.ɴ.ɡo.sjo.o/, [sã̠ɴɡo̞ɕʲo̞ː], [sã̠ɴŋo̞ɕʲo̞ː]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

珊瑚礁 (hiragana さんごしょう, romaji sangoshō)

  1. a coral reef

Usage notes[edit]

As with many biology terms, the sango part is more commonly written in katakana, as サンゴ. However, due to the large number of homophones in Japanese, dictionaries will often list such terms under the kanji spelling for disambiguation purposes.