|Kanji in this term|
|Grade: 3||Grade: 5||Jinmeiyō|
Unknown. Attested from at least the sixteenth century. Compare 蕪 (kabu, “turnip”) or 鏑 (kabura, “turnip-shaped whistle”). Kokugo Dai Jiten notes a suggestion from Nippo Jisho (1603) that me refers to seaweed, but compare also 芽 (me, “sprout; bud”). See also 和布 (wakame).