高麗笛

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高麗笛

Etymology[edit]

Compound of 高麗 (koma, Goguryeo, an ancient Korean kingdom) +‎ (fue, flute). The fue reading for changes to bue due to rendaku (連濁).

Noun[edit]

高麗笛 (hiragana こまぶえ, romaji komabue)

  1. a komabue; a transverse flute used in traditional Japanese court music.
    Traditionally made of bamboo, about 36 cm in length. Has six finger holes of roughly 1 cm in diameter. Originally brought to Japan by the Baekje elite circa 660 CE when the Baekje kingdom in the south of the Korean Peninsula fell to the combined forces of the Silla kingdom and the Tang Dynasty.