和語

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term

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Grade: 2
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Probably a coinage in Japan of Middle Chinese-derived components, as a compound of (wa, Japan, Japanese) +‎ (go, language, word).

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Noun[edit]

和語 (hiragana わご, rōmaji wago)

  1. the Japanese language
  2. a Japanese word of ancient Japanese origin, such as 見る (miru, to look, to see), (hikari, shining, brightness), or (sakura, cheery tree, cherry blossom)

Usage notes[edit]

Wago may be written in kanji, kana, or both, and are read with the 訓読み (kun’yomi, native Japanese reading, literally meaning reading). Contrast with 漢語 (kango, Japanese word of Chinese origin, literally Han Chinese word).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9