壁蝨

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See also: 壁虱

Chinese[edit]

wall; rampart louse
trad. (壁蝨/壁虱) /
simp. (壁虱)

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Noun[edit]

壁蝨

  1. tick
  2. bedbug

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Japanese[edit]

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壁蝨 (dani): a tick.
壁蝨 (dani): a clover mite.
Kanji in this term
Grade: S Hyōgaiji
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

/tani//dani/

From Old Japanese. Shift from earlier reading tani.[1][2] This reading persists in some modern dialects.

The kanji spelling is unrelated to the reading, and appears to be a case of semantic ateji or jukujikun. The characters literally mean (wall) + (louse), possibly as an indication that ticks and mites may be found on walls.

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Noun[edit]

壁蝨 ‎(hiragana だに, katakana ダニ, romaji dani)

  1. a tick, a mite: any of various small parasitic arachnids of subclass Acari
  2. (derogatory, figuratively) a parasite, a layabout, a moocher: someone who lives off of other people

Usage notes[edit]

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana in biological contexts, as ダニ.

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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 4-385-13905-9