空蝉

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Hyōgaiji

Etymology 1[edit]

/utuso2mi1/ *[utusəmi] → /utusomi/. A contraction of utusi (reality) and omi1 (subject, vassal). Older form of utsusemi. The kanji are ateji.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

空蝉 (hiragana うつそみ, romaji utsusomi)

  1. a living being
  2. the world of the living
Derived terms[edit]
  • 空蝉 (utsusemi)

Etymology 2[edit]

/utusemi1/ → /utusemi/. From older /utusomi/. The association with a cicada shell is due to a reinterpretation based on the homonymous words utsu (hollow) and semi (cicada).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

空蝉 (hiragana うつせみ, romaji utsusemi)

  1. a living being
  2. the world of the living
  3. the cast-off shell of a cicada
  4. emptiness