尺八

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尺八(shakuhachi)

Etymology[edit]

Kanji in this term
しゃく
Grade: 6
はち
Grade: 1
on’yomi

From  (しゃく) (shaku, archaic measure of length approximately equal to 30.3cm) +  (はち) (hachi, eight, as in 八寸, one (sun) is about 3.03cm). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

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Particularly: “first attestation of "shakuhachi" as the flute?”

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

尺八 (hiragana しゃくはち, rōmaji shakuhachi)

  1. shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown flute
    時代劇 (じだいげき)では、 () () (そう)尺八 (しゃくはち) ()きながら (あらわ)れる。
    Jidaigeki de wa, komusō ga shakuhachi o fukinagara arawareru.
    In Japanese historical drama, mendicant Zen priests show up while playing shakuhachi.
  2. (by extension) any object (for example, paper or silk) measuring one shaku and eight sun (approximately 54.5 centimeters)
  3. (vulgar, dated) fellatio, oral sex

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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