印籠

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印籠 (inrō): a samurai's pillbox, shown hanging on a cord from the user's obi (sash).
Kanji in this term
いん
Grade: 4
ろう
Grade: S
kan’on

Etymology[edit]

Appears to be a Japanese coinage from Middle Chinese-derived roots, as a compound of (in, seal, stamp) +‎ (, basket; container). Appears in texts from the late 1600s.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

印籠 (hiragana いんろう, rōmaji inrō, historical hiragana いんろう)

  1. (historical) during the Edo period, a samurai's pillbox, usually lacquered, consisting of an oval-shaped stack of containers held together with a cord and hung from the user's (obi, sash)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN