南無

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Chinese[edit]

phonetic
trad. (南無)
simp. (南无)
variant forms

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Sanskrit नमस् (namas, literally to bow).

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

南無

  1. (Buddhism) Used in Buddhist salutations or expressions of faith: to salute; to convert to.

Derived terms[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2

Grade: 4
on’yomi

Transliteration of Sanskrit नमस् (námas, literally to bow),[1][2] possibly via Middle Chinese 南無 (MC nʌm mɨo).

Compare Mandarin 南無 (námó).

Pronunciation[edit]

Phrase[edit]

南無 (hiragana なむ, rōmaji namu)

  1. (Buddhism) Used in Buddhist salutations or expressions of faith
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2

Grade: 4
on’yomi

Likely a borrowing from Mandarin 南無 (námó), utilizing the 唐音 (Tō-on, Tang sound) reading of (mo).

Alternative forms[edit]

Phrase[edit]

南無 (hiragana なも, rōmaji namo)

  1. (Buddhism) Used in Buddhist salutations or expressions of faith

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN