正山小種

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Chinese[edit]

the "lineal mountains" subvariety
trad. (正山小種) 正山 小種
simp. (正山小种) 正山 小种

Etymology[edit]

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Particularly: “Unclear how 正山 equates to lapsang, since that should be 立山 instead.”

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

正山小種

  1. lapsang souchong (tea plant)

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Japanese[edit]

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正山小種 (rapusan sūchon, seisan shōshu): loose lapsang souchong tea.

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Grade: 1 Grade: 1 Grade: 4
Irregular

Borrowing from Cantonese 立山小種 ‎(laap6 saan1 siu2 zung2, literally sub-variety from Lapu Mountain).

The spelling was apparently changed prior to borrowing into Japanese, replacing the ‎(laap6) character with the ‎(zeng3) character while keeping the pronunciation unchanged.

The reading is an approximation of modern Cantonese, and is thus neither on'yomi nor kun'yomi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɾ̠a̠pɯᵝsã̠n sɯᵝːt͡ɕʲõ̞ɴ]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

正山小種 ‎(katakana ラプサン・スーチョン, romaji rapusan sūchon)

  1. lapsang souchong tea
Usage notes[edit]

This reading appears to be the most common.

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
せい
Grade: 1
さん
Grade: 1
しょう
Grade: 1
しゅ
Grade: 4
on'yomi

The spelling is a borrowing from Chinese 正山小種. The reading is the expected on'yomi for these characters.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

正山小種 ‎(hiragana せいさんしょうしゅ, romaji seisan shōshu)

  1. lapsang souchong tea
Usage notes[edit]

This reading appears to be substantially less common than rapusan sūchon above. However, it is also the most obvious reading from a Japanese perspective, using the standard Japanese pronunciation of the characters.