香箱座り

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Japanese[edit]

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香箱座り: a cat sitting in a catloaf pose.
香箱座り: a catloaf viewed from below.
Kanji in this term
こう
Grade: S
はこ > ばこ
Grade: 3
すわ > ずわ
Grade: 6

Etymology[edit]

Compound of 香箱 (kōbako, incense box) +‎ 座り (suwari, sitting, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 座る suwaru, “to sit”). The suwari changes to zuwari due to rendaku (連濁).

Refers to the similarity in shape between an incense box, and a cat when sitting with its front and back paws tucked underneath and its tail wrapped closely along the side of its body.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ko̞ːba̠ko̞ zɯᵝɰᵝa̠ɾi]

Noun[edit]

香箱座り (hiragana こうばこずわり, romaji kōbako-zuwari)

  1. sitting in a catloaf pose

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  3. ^ 『もっと知りたい!ねこの気持ち』 (Motto Shiritai! Neko no Kimochi, in Japanese), PHP Institute, pp. 34-35