うわん

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Onomatopoeia for the sound of the wail or shout purportedly made by the spirit.

Noun[edit]

うわん ‎(katakana ウワン, romaji uwan)

  1. a woof, a bark (sound made by a dog)
  2. a disembodied voice that inhabits old, abandoned temples and homes: a kind of yōkai
Usage notes[edit]

The woof sense is more generally rendered as ワンワン ‎(wanwan).

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji reading.

Noun[edit]

うわん ‎(romaji uwan)

  1. 右腕: one's right arm