マテガイ

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マテガイ: Gould's razor shell
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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Appears to be a compound of 真手 (mate, both hands together) +‎ (kai, clam, shell), presumably from the shape of the shell. The kai changes to gai as an instance of rendaku (連濁). The kanji spellings of mate are ateji.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

マテガイ (hiragana まてがい, rōmaji mategai, historical hiragana まてがひ)

  1. a razor clam, more specifically Gould's razor shell: Solen strictus.

Usage notes[edit]

Like many terms used in biology, this term is commonly written in katakana.

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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