漁師

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漁師 (ryōshi): salmon fishermen in Oregon, 1914.
Kanji in this term
りょう
Grade: 4

Grade: 5
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

The spelling is likely from Middle Chinese compound 漁師 ‎(ngjo srij, literally fishing + master). Compare modern simplified Mandarin 渔师 ‎(yúshī, fisherman).

The expected reading would be gyoshi. The kan'yōyomi (irregular but customary reading) of ryō for the character is from confusion with the character, usually read ryō in on'yomi contexts and meaning “hunt, hunting”, as used in the homophonic term 猟師 ‎(ryōshi, hunter).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

漁師 ‎(hiragana りょうし, romaji ryōshi, historical hiragana れふし)

  1. a fisherman, someone who fishes as a livelihood

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9