米国

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Chinese[edit]

simpl.
trad.

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 米国 (Beikoku, America). Sometimes interpreted literally, i.e. "rice country".

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Noun[edit]

米国

  1. (often humorous) America, the United States of America

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
べい
Grade: 2
こく
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

The second kanji character in 亜米利加 (America, America) + (koku, country). The reason the second character is used instead of the first is because is already in use as the abbreviation for 亜細亜 (Ajia, Asia).

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Proper noun[edit]

米国 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 米國, hiragana べいこく, romaji Beikoku)

  1. the United States of America

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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