沖縄

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沖縄 (Okinawa): a map of Japan showing the location of Okinawa in red in the southwest corner.
Kanji in this term
おき
Grade: S
なわ
Grade: S
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

/okinapa//okinafa//okinawa/

From Old Japanese. Compound of ‎(oki, offshore, at sea) +‎ ‎(nawa, rope).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

沖縄 ‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 沖繩, hiragana おきなわ, romaji okinawa, historical hiragana おきなは)

  1. (rare, possibly obsolete) a rope used to catch fish

Proper noun[edit]

沖縄 ‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 沖繩, hiragana おきなわ, romaji Okinawa, historical hiragana おきなは)

  1. the main island in the Okinawa Islands: Okinawa Island
    • 779: Tōdai Wajō Tōsei Den (page 905)
      [...] 十六日發、廿一日戊午、第一第二兩舟同至阿児奈波嶋在多禰島南西第三舟作夜已泊同處十二月六日南風起第一舟著石不動第二舟發向多禰去七日至益救嶋[...]
    • c. 1300: Heike Monogatari (Nagatobon)
      さつまがたとは惣名也、きかいは十二の島なれば、くち五島は日本へ随へり、おく七しまはいまだ我朝に従はずといへり、白石、、あこしき、くろ島、いわうが島、あせ納、あ世波、やくの島とて、ゑらぶ、おきなは、きかいが島といへり
    • 1531-1623: Omoro Sōshi, #96
      あがまぶるたたみきよせひやくたてわやりあまみやからおきなわたけててはおもはな しねりやからみしまもりててはおもはな
  2. a group of islands known as the Okinawa Islands
  3. the southern-most Japanese prefecture: Okinawa Prefecture

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 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

Okinawan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with mainland Japanese 沖縄 ‎(Okinawa, literally offshore + rope).

Proper noun[edit]

‎(hiragana うちなー, Romaji Uchinaa)

  1. Okinawa

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