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Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A phonosemantic compound of Chinese semantic ("plant") + phonetic (zǎo, reconstructed Old Chinese pronunciation *mə-tsˤawʔ)

Han character[edit]

(radical 140 +16, 22 strokes, cangjie input 廿水口木 (TERD), four-corner 44194)

  1. algae
  2. other aquatic plants
  3. (literary) literary embellishment
  4. (literary) splendid, magnificent
  5. A surname​.

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 1067, character 11
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 32401
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1533, character 9
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 5, page 3329, character 5
  • Unihan data for U+85FB

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping zou2, Yale jou2)


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana , romaji mo)

  1. alga, algae

Synonyms[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(jo) (hangeul , revised jo, McCune-Reischauer cho, Yale co)


Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin zǎo (zao3), Wade-Giles tsao3)

Derived terms[edit]


Middle Chinese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(tzɑ̌u)


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(tảo, tang)