法螺貝

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法螺貝 (horagai): a horn made from a Charonia tritonis shell.
Kanji in this term
ほう > ほ
Grade: 4

Jinmeiyō
かい > がい
Grade: 1
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

Compound of 法螺 (hora, boasting, bragging) +‎ (kai, shell, shellfish).[1][2] The kai changes to gai as an instance of rendaku (連濁).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Irregular reading)

Noun[edit]

法螺貝 (hiragana ほらがい, katakana ホラガイ, rōmaji horagai)

  1. a Triton's trumpet, Charonia tritonis
  2. a horn made from a Triton's trumpet shell
  3. by metaphor from the shape of the shell, a way of tying a man's obi

Usage notes[edit]

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana in biological contexts, as ホラガイ.

See also[edit]

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