慈姑

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See also: 慈菇

Chinese[edit]

 
compassionate; gentle; merciful; kind; humane
paternal aunt
simp. and trad.
(慈姑)

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Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

慈姑

  1. (botany) the arrowhead plant, Sagittaria sagittifolia

References[edit]

  • ABC Chinese-English Dictionary, John DeFrancis, 1997, page 94
  • The Pinyin Chinese-English Dictionary, Jingrong Wu, 1979, page 111
  • Lin Yutang, page 1071

Japanese[edit]

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慈姑 (kuwai): the arrowhead plant.
Kanji in this term
Grade: S Hyōgaiji
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. One theory suggests that this is an alteration from (kawa imo, “river tuber”), but the old kana spelling of くわゐ ‎(kwawi) for 慈姑 does not match the old kana spelling of かはうも ‎(kafaumo) for .

The kanji are ateji.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

慈姑 ‎(hiragana くわい, katakana クワイ, romaji kuwai, historical hiragana くわゐ)

  1. (botany) the arrowhead plant, Sagittaria trifolia var. edulis, cultivated since ancient times for its edible bulb

Usage notes[edit]

As with many words that name organisms, this term is often written in katakana in biology contexts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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