並瓢虫

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
なみ
Grade: 6
Jinmeiyō Grade: 1
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (nami, average, ordinary) +‎ 天道 (tentō, literally, “celestial path”, but here referring to 天道虫 (tentō mushi, ladybird, ladybug); the 瓢虫 spelling is an alternative for tentō mushi).[1][2]

The use 瓢虫 for the tentō portion is an example of jukujikun (熟字訓), borrowed from Chinese.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Irregular reading)

Noun[edit]

並瓢虫 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 竝瓢蟲, hiragana なみてんとう, katakana ナミテントウ, rōmaji nami tentō, historical hiragana なみてんたう, historical katakana ナミテンタウ)

  1. an Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis

Usage notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN