亜鉛

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term

Grade: S
えん
Grade: S
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

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 ‎(a, next, sub-) + ‎(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).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

亜鉛 ‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 亞鉛, hiragana あえん, romaji aen)

  1. zinc, Zn

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, ISBN 4095102535.