山犬

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Japanese[edit]

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山犬 (yamainu): a sketch of a Japanese wild dog.
Kanji in this term
やま
Grade: 1
いぬ
Grade: 1
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (yama, mountain) +‎ (inu, dog).[1][2][3][4]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

山犬 (hiragana やまいぬ, katakana ヤマイヌ, rōmaji yamainu)

  1. Synonym of 日本狼 (Nihon'ōkami, Japanese wolf)
  2. Synonym of 野犬 (yaken, wild dog)
  3. (Japanese mythology, folklore) an apparition of a dog that may appear to travelers on mountain roads, and that may be either friendly or murderous to travelers
  4. Synonym of ドール (dōru, dhole)

Usage notes[edit]

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

Biologists consider the Japanese yamainu to be a feral dog, distinct from the wolf. The conflation with the 日本狼 (Nihon ōkami, Japanese wolf) sense is due to some confusion in general usage. See more on Wikipedia.

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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
  3. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0
  4. 4.0 4.1 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0
  5. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3