白河

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Chinese[edit]

 
white; empty; blank; bright; clear; plain; pure; gratuitous
river
simp. and trad.
(白河)
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Pronunciation[edit]


Proper noun[edit]

白河

  1. () Baihe (a county of Ankang, Shaanxi, China)
  2. () Shirakawa (a city in Fukushima, Japan)
  3. () Baihe (a district of Tainan, Taiwan)

Noun[edit]

白河

  1. (literary) Milky Way

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
しら
Grade: 1
かわ
Grade: 5
kun’yomi

Compound of (shira, white, compounding form) +‎ (kawa, river).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

白河 (hiragana しらかわ, rōmaji shirakawa)

  1. a river with clear water
  2. an area with small pebbles or sand spread out evenly, such as in a rock garden (from the visual similarity to a clear body of water)

Proper noun[edit]

白河 (hiragana しらかわ, rōmaji Shirakawa)

  1. a place name, such as that of Shirakawa City in Fukushima Prefecture
  2. a domain during the Edo period
  3. a surname

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
はく
Grade: 1

Grade: 5
on’yomi

Ultimately from Middle Chinese 白河 (MC bˠæk̚ ɦɑ).

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

白河 (hiragana はくが, rōmaji Hakuga)

  1. Baihe County, Shaanxi Province, China[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN
  3. ^ Martin Collick, David P. Dutcher, Soichi Tanabe, and Minoru Kaneko. 2002. Kenkyusha's New College Japanese-English Dictionary fifth edition. Tokyo: Kenkyusha.