虫歯

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Japanese[edit]

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虫歯 (mushiba): a cavity, a decayed tooth.
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Kanji in this term
むし
Grade: 1
は > ば
Grade: 3
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (mushi, worm, bug) +‎ (ha, tooth).[1][2] The ha changes to ba due to rendaku (連濁).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

虫歯 (hiragana むしば, romaji mushiba)

  1. a bad tooth, dental caries, a cavity

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9