蒲鉾

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
かま
Jinmeiyō
ほこ > ぼこ
Hyōgaiji
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

The cattail plant, with seed spikes.
Pink and white kamaboko.

Compound of (kama, cattail, bulrush) +‎ (hoko, spear). The hoko changes to boko due to rendaku (連濁). From the way the seed spike resembles a spear.

Noun[edit]

蒲鉾 (hiragana かまぼこ, romaji kamaboko)

  1. The seed spike or raceme of the cattail or bulrush plant.
  2. (From the resemblance to a cattail seed spike in shape and sometimes color): A traditional Japanese fishcake: any of various processed seafood products made from surimi, in which whitefish is pureed, formed into loaves, and steamed until firm.

Usage notes[edit]

Generally written in hiragana due to the high number of strokes and rarity of the characters used in the kanji spelling.

Derived terms[edit]