黄砂

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Chinese[edit]

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Noun[edit]

黄砂

  1. (literally) yellow sand, loess
  2. Asian Dust (meteorological phenomenon in East Asia)

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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黄砂: Kyōto, spring 2010, with the skies full of yellow sand (Asian Dust).
The Taklamakan Desert, source of the Asian Dust.
Kanji in this term
こう
Grade: 2

Grade: 6
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 黃砂 (hwang *shra, yellow sand). Compare modern simplified Chinese 黄砂.

Kan'on reading of both characters, suggesting a later borrowing.

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Noun[edit]

黄砂 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 黃砂, hiragana こうさ, romaji kōsa, historical hiragana くわうさ)

  1. yellow sand
  2. loess
  3. (figurative) a desert
  4. Asian Dust
  5. (figurative) a gaol (UK), jail (US), prison
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Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
おう
Grade: 2

Grade: 6
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese. Goon reading of first character, kan'on reading of second, suggesting an alteration in Japan after the initial borrowing.

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Noun[edit]

黄砂 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 黃砂, hiragana おうさ, romaji ōsa, historical hiragana わうさ) (rare)

  1. (see kōsa reading above)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3