津軽

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See also: 津輕

Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term

Grade: S
かる > がる
Grade: 3
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Old Japanese, first attested in the Nihon Shoki (720 CE).

Possibly from Ainu [Term?], the kanji spelling is an example of phonetic ateji (当て字), literally (tsu, harbor) +‎ (karu, stem meaning “light”‎). The karu changes to garu as an instance of rendaku (連濁).

Sometimes misspelled as つがろ (Tsugaro) in older texts. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

津軽 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 津輕, hiragana つがる, rōmaji Tsugaru)

  1. a placename, such as that of:
    1. a region comprising the western half of Aomori Prefecture
    2. Alternative spelling of つがる (Tsugaru): a city within that region
    3. (historical) Short for 津軽郡 (Tsugaru-gun): a district in Meiji-period Aomori Prefecture
  2. a surname

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Noun[edit]

津軽 (hiragana つがる, katakana ツガル, rōmaji tsugaru)

  1. (rare) Synonym of 芥子 (keshi): the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum