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|simp. and trad.
- Min Nan
Middle Chinese: /jiaH t͡ʃʰˠɛ|t͡ʃʰˠa/
- (Buddhism) yaksha (a malevolent spirit)
- (by extension) a ferocious and hideous looking person
- (figuratively, humorous, dated) wife
|Kanji in this term|
- yaksha, a broad class of nature spirits or minor deities who appear in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology. May be male or female, benevolent or malevolent.
- (Buddhism) in Buddhism, yakshas are held to be followers of 毘沙門天 (Bishamonten, “Vaiśravaṇa, the chief of the Four Heavenly Kings”), and guardians of the north
- (figuratively) a demon
- Ano onna no ko wa okoru to masa ni yasha no yō da yo.
- When that girl gets angry, she's a real demon.
- 夜叉が馬を見たよう (yasha ga uma o mita yō): "like when the yaksha saw the horse" → an expression of extreme happiness, from a story of a yaksha who lost his horse
- 薬叉 (yakusha)