大和

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Kanji in this term
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Etymology[edit]

/yamato2/: [jamatə] → [jamato]. From older yamatai. Originally a geographical region in Nara, came to refer to all of Nara, and eventually to the country as a whole: Japan. The kanji used are jukujikun and thus do not correspond to the pronunciation 'Yamato.'

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大和 (hiragana やまと, romaji Yamato)

  1. the name of a town in the Shikinoshimo district in the Yamato Province of Japan; generally equivalent to modern Tenri area
  2. the name of a city in Kanagawa Prefecture
  3. name of one of the old provinces that made up Japan; generally equivalent to modern Nara prefecture
  4. Alternative name for the country of Japan
  5. A male given name
  6. A surname

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  • (Japan): 日本 (Nihon, Nippon)

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