仙人掌

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Chinese[edit]

palm (of hand); in charge of
simp. and trad.
(仙人掌)
仙人
Literally: “immortal man's palm”.
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Noun[edit]

仙人掌

  1. cactus (member of the Cactaceae)

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
Grade: S Grade: 1 Grade: S
Irregular

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Perhaps from Portuguese sabão (soap) + (te, hand), as cactus stems were used by the Portuguese to remove stains. The kanji are jukujikun (熟字訓), from Chinese 仙人掌.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Irregular reading)

Noun[edit]

仙人掌 (katakana サボテン, rōmaji saboten)

  1. cactus (member of the Cactaceae)

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