合羽

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
かっ
Grade: 2
は > ぱ
Grade: 2
jūbakoyomi

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese capa ‎(cape; cloak; jacket),[1][2] originally referring to the long capes and over-gowns worn by Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in Japan. The kanji are ateji[1] and were chosen for sound rather than meaning.

Ultimately cognate with English cape.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

合羽 ‎(hiragana かっぱ, katakana カッパ, romaji kappa)

  1. a raincoat, especially a poncho or other sleeveless style

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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 4-385-13905-9