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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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

仙人掌

  1. cactus (member of the Cactaceae family)

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
さぼてん
Grade: S Grade: 1 Grade: S
jukujikun
Alternative spelling
覇王樹
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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Perhaps from Portuguese sabão (soap)[1][2][3], possibly suffixed with (te, hand; helper; means for doing something),[1][2] as cactus stems were used by the Portuguese to remove stains. If this derivation is correct, this would represent a sound shift of sabon tesaboten.

The kanji are an Orthographic borrowing from Chinese 仙人掌.

First cited to around 1764.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

仙人掌(サボテン) (saboten

  1. cactus (member of the Cactaceae)

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN

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Korean[edit]

Hanja in this term

Noun[edit]

仙人掌 (seoninjang) (hangeul 선인장)

  1. Hanja form? of 선인장 (cactus).