十六夜

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Etymology[edit]

Read as いさよい (isayoi) in the Nara Period, alternating with いざよい (izayoi) in the Heian Period, and settling on いざよい (izayoi) thereafter.

From the conjunctive or gerund form (連用形 ‎(ren'yōkei)) of the verb 猶予う ‎(izayou), meaning to pause, to hesitate.

Noun[edit]

十六夜 ‎(hiragana いざよい, romaji izayoi, historical hiragana いざよひ)

  1. Short for 十六夜の (izayoi no tsuki): the moon just past full moon, the start of the waning moon.
  2. The sixteenth of the month under the lunar calendar, the night just after full moon; compare to English ides. A common time for viewing the harvest moon in the Japanese 月見 ‎(tsukimi) festival.
  3. Being sixteen years old.
  4. (archaic) A bet of 16 ‎(sen) on a competition or game of chance.
  5. A female given name.

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