柴犬

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柴犬 (shiba inu, shiba ken): a Shiba Inu puppy.

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
しば
Jinmeiyō
いぬ
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

Compound of (shiba, brushwood) +‎ (inu, dog),[1][2] possibly in reference to the dog's small stature and ability to pursue prey even through overgrown terrain.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

柴犬 (hiragana しばいぬ, rōmaji shibainu)

  1. a Shiba Inu

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
しば
Jinmeiyō
けん
Grade: 1
yutōyomi

Compound of (shiba, brushwood) +‎ (ken, dog), using the on'yomi of ken for the second character.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

柴犬 (hiragana しばけん, rōmaji shibaken)

  1. a Shiba Inu
Usage notes[edit]

The shiba inu reading appears to be more common.

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