기러기

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기러기 (greylag goose)

Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Hunmin jeongeum haerye (訓民正音解例 / 훈민정음해례), 1446, as 그력. Subsequently passed through the forms 그려기 and 기려기. Possibly cognate with the Japanese (kari, "goose") and the Mongolian kasha ("bird").

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

기러기 (gireogi, McCune-Reischauer: kirŏgi, Yale: kileki)

  1. wild goose that flies in a V-shaped flock or wedge.

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References[edit]

  • National Institute of the Korean Language (Naver.com mirror), "기러기 ", 표준국어대사전. URL accessed on 2007-01-07.
  • 2000, Seo Jeong-beom (서정범), “기러기”, in 國語語原辭典, Seoul: Bogosa Books, page 98: