小雨

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Chinese[edit]

 
small; tiny; few; young
rain
simp. and trad.
(小雨)

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Noun[edit]

小雨

  1. light rain

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
さめ
Grade: 1
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of ‎(ko, small, light, slight) +‎ ‎(same, rain). The medial -s- either represents epenthesis between two vowels or, more likely, is a reflex of an older form of the word ‎(ame, rain) only maintained in fossilized compounds. See also 春雨 ‎(harusame, spring rain) and ‎(shine, rice).

Noun[edit]

小雨 ‎(hiragana こさめ, romaji kosame)

  1. light rain, drizzle
    • 931-938, Wamyō Ruijushō (book 1 page 24)
      霡霂 兼名苑云、細雨一名霡霂、小雨也、麥木二音、已上本注、和名古佐女

Antonyms[edit]

  • 大雨 ‎(おおあめ, ōame, downpour).

Compounds[edit]

  • 晴一時小雨 ‎(hare ichiji kosame, clear, with brief light rain)
  • 小雨決行 ‎(shōu kekkō, canceled only in case of heavy rain)

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