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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
月-order.gif

Etymology[edit]

Historical forms of the character
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script
月-oracle.svg 月-bronze.svg 月-bigseal.svg 月-seal.svg

Pictogram (象形) - pictographic representation of a crescent moon.

Also simplified from in .

Usage notes[edit]

Do not confuse with , a form of ‎(flesh, meat) when used as the left-hand radical of a character. is used for parts of the body such as ‎(back) or ‎(liver). These may be written identically as , but in careful use they are distinguished, with the inside of being written with unattached diagonal strokes. This is particularly an issue in looking up characters by radical; compare the 月 index and 肉 index.

Han character[edit]

(radical 74 +0, 4 strokes, cangjie input 月 (B), four-corner 77220, composition)

Derived characters[edit]

See also[edit]

  • (graphically similar)

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 504, character 19
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 14330
  • Dae Jaweon: page 879, character 20
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 3, page 2041, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+6708

Chinese[edit]

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simp. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (月), Pronunciation 1/1

Initial: 疑 (31)
Final: 月
Division: III

Openness: Closed
Tone: Checked (Ø)

Fanqie: 魚厥切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/ŋʉɐt̚/ /ŋi̯wɐt̚/ /ŋiuɐt̚/ /ŋʷiɐt̚/ /ŋuat̚/ /ŋĭwɐn/ /ŋiuɐt̚/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
yuè ‹ ngjwot › /*[ŋ]ʷat/ moon, month

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
16319 3 /*ŋod/

Noun[edit]

(classifier , )

  1. (literary) moon
  2. (Beginning Mandarin) month

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 1 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. moon
  2. a month (on the lunar calendar)
  3. every month
  4. menstruation
  5. abbreviation for 月曜日 (Monday)

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Pronunciation[edit]

Kanji in this term
つき
Grade: 1
kun'yomi

Noun[edit]

‎(hiragana つき, romaji tsuki)

  1. the moon
    日本 (にほん)では (つき)にうさぎが ()んでいるというお (はなし)があります。
    nihon de wa tsuki ni usagi ga sunde iru to iu o-hanashi ga arimasu.
    In Japan, there is a fairy-tale that rabbits live on the moon.
     (つき)地球 (ちきゅう)唯一 (ゆいいつ)衛星 (えいせい)です。
    Tsuki wa chikyū no yuiitsu no eisei desu.
    The moon is the only one satellite of the Earth.
  2. the lunar cycle, a month
     (つき)一度 (いちど)旅行 (りょこう) ()かけます。
    Tsuki ni ichi do, ryokō ni dekakemasu.
    I go for a trip once a month.
  3. (tarot): The Moon; the eighteenth trump or major arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.
Synonyms[edit]
Kanji in this term
がつ
Grade: 1
on'yomi

Suffix[edit]

‎(hiragana がつ, romaji -gatsu)

  1. month of the year

References[edit]

  • New Nelson: 2530
  • Halpern: 2956
  • Halpern Learners: 1876
  • Heisig: 13
  • Tuttle Kanji Dictionary: 4b0.1
  1. Source: EDICT and KANJIDIC files licensed by the Electronic Dictionaries Research Group.

Usage notes[edit]

When used in compounds counting a number of months with "ヶ"(, ka), 月 is pronounced as げつ (getsu). When used in compounds for modern months of the year, it is pronounced as がつ (gatsu). When used for poetic or lunar months, it is pronounced as つき (tsuki).


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

‎(wol)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul):  (McCune-Reischauer: wŏl, Yale: wel)
  • Name (hangeul):  (revised: dal, McCune-Reischauer: tal, Yale: tal)
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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(nguyệt, ngoạt)

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