桔梗

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Chinese[edit]

tangerine; Platycodon grandiflorus stem
simp. and trad.
(桔梗)
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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

桔梗

  1. (traditional Chinese medicine) root of the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Japanese[edit]

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桔梗 (kikyō): the Chinese bellflower

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term

Jinmeiyō
きょう
Grade: S
yutōyomi

/kikjau//kikjɔː//kikjoː/

From Middle Chinese 桔梗 (/kiet kˠæŋX/ invalid IPA characters (X), literally water bucket + stem, stalk). Compare modern Min Nan reading kiat-kēng.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

桔梗 (hiragana ききょう, katakana キキョウ, rōmaji kikyō, historical hiragana ききやう)

  1. (botany) the platycodon or Chinese bellflower, Platycodon grandiflorus
Usage notes[edit]

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana in biological contexts, as キキョウ.

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
きち
Jinmeiyō
こう
Grade: S
on'yomi

/kitikau//kit͡ɕikɔː//kit͡ɕikoː/

From Middle Chinese 桔梗 (/kiet kˠæŋX/ invalid IPA characters (X), literally water bucket + stem, stalk), using alternate kanji readings.[1]

This reading is less common than kikyō above, and may be obsolete.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

桔梗 (hiragana きちこう, rōmaji kichikō)

  1. (possibly obsolete) the platycodon or Chinese bellflower, Platycodon grandiflorus

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  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