月読

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
つき
Grade: 1
よみ
Grade: 2
kun’yomi
Kanji in this term
つく
Grade: 1
よみ
Grade: 2
kun’yomi
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Etymology[edit]

Originally a compound of (tsuku, the moon) +‎ 読み (yomi, reading, ancient meaning of “counting”), and referred to telling the phase (sense 4) of the moon.[1]

This spelling was later repurposed as jukujikun (熟字訓) for a compound of (tsuku, the moon) +‎ (yo, night) +‎ (mi, god).[1]

The tsuku reading for is the ancient combining form. Tsukuyomi is the older reading, and this appears to be less common. is read as tsuki in modern Japanese, resulting in the more-common Tsukiyomi reading for this term.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

月読 (hiragana つくよみ, katakana ツクヨミ, rōmaji Tsukuyomi, alternative reading つきよみ, katakana ツキヨミ, rōmaji Tsukiyomi)

  1. (Japanese mythology, Shinto) Tsukuyomi, the Japanese moon god
  2. (poetic) the Moon

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0