|Kanji in this term|
First appears in Japanese in the 1713 edition of the 和漢三才図会 (Wakan Sansai Zue, “Illustrated Sino-Japanese Encyclopedia”). Appears to be a Japanese coinage as 亜 (a, “next, sub-”) + 鉛 (en, “lead”, the metal), probably from the way that zinc is often found together with lead in ores. Probably influenced by early Min Nan 倭鉛 (e iân), early Mandarin 倭鉛 (wōqiān, literally “dwarf lead” → “zinc”).
- On'yomi: Kan'on
- (Tokyo) あ [àéń] (Heiban - )
- (Tokyo) えん[áꜜèǹ] (Atamadaka - )
- IPA(key): [a̠ẽ̞ɴ]