米国

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 2

Etymology[edit]

The second kanji character in 亜米利加 (amerika, 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).

Proper noun[edit]

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

  1. the United States of America

Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad. 米國

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin mǐguó
Zhuyin ㄇㄧˇ ㄍㄨㄛˊ
IPA (key) /mi²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ ku̯ɔ³⁵/

Noun[edit]

米国 (simplified, Pinyin Mǐguó, traditional 米國)

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