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Translingual[edit]

Han character[edit]

(radical 94 +9, 12 strokes, cangjie input 大竹廿田 (KHTW))

  1. cat

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 714, character 27
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 20535
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1127, character 1
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1352, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+732B

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(traditional , Jyutping maau1, Yale maau1)


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Japanese. /*ni1a-ko1ma/ > /ne1ko1ma/ > /neko/

Shortened from nekoma: see below.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana ねこ, katakana ネコ, romaji neko)

  1. a cat
    • 931-938: Wamyō Ruijushō (book 7 page 56)
      猫: 野王案、猫、音苗、禰古麻、下總本有和名二字興河海抄引此合、本草和名同訓、或省云禰古、新撰字鏡、狸、禰古、按狸一名猫、見本草和名、似虎而小、熊捕鼠為糧
Derived terms[edit]
Idioms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Japanese. /*ni1a-ko1ma/ > /ne1ko1ma/

Originally a compound of にゃ (nya, onomatopoeia for the sound a cat makes (compare English mew)) +‎ こま (koma, four-legged animal).

Obsolete; replaced by shorter form neko in modern Japanese.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana ねこま, romaji nekoma)

  1. (obsolete) a cat
    • 931-938: Wamyō Ruijushō (book 7 page 56)
      猫: 野王案、猫、音苗、禰古麻、下總本有和名二字興河海抄引此合、本草和名同訓、或省云禰古、新撰字鏡、狸、禰古、按狸一名猫、見本草和名、似虎而小、熊捕鼠為糧

References[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(myo) (hangeul , revised myo, McCune-Reischauer myo, Yale myo)

  1. (고양이 묘, goyang-i): cat

Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(traditional , Pinyin māo (mao1), Wade-Giles mao1)

Noun[edit]

(simplified, Pinyin māo, classifier , traditional )

  1. cat

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]