馬子

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Etymology[edit]

During the Han Dynasty, the emperor's commode was called 虎子. However, Emperor Gaozu of Tang had a grandfather whose name was Li Hu (李虎). Because it was forbidden for common items to contain the given names of members of the imperial family (see: Naming taboo), 虎子 was changed to 馬子, which morphed later into 馬桶.

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Noun[edit]

馬子

  1. gambling chip
  2. nightstool; closestool; commode; toilet; chamber pot
  3. girlfriend

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 1

Noun[edit]

馬子 (hiragana まご, romaji mago)

  1. packhorse driver
    馬子にも衣装
    まごにもいしょう
    mago ni mo ishō
    (proverb) the clothes make the man
    山んばばあと馬子どん
    やまんばばとまごどん
    yamanbaba to mago don
    the Mountain-Witch and the Packhorse Driver, an Okinawan folktale

Proper noun[edit]

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馬子 (hiragana うまこ, romaji Umako)

  1. A male given name
    • 蘇我馬子 (Soga-no Umako) - famous leader of the Soga clan (died 626).

References[edit]

  • Jim Breen's 'EDICT'
  • The new Nelson Japanese-English character dictionary
  • NTC's New Japanese-English Dictionary
  • David Galef's book on proverbs "Even Monkeys Fall From Trees"
  • Daniel Crump Buchanan's book "Japanese Proverbs and Sayings"