白熊

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Chinese[edit]

 
white; empty; blank; bright; clear; plain; pure; gratuitous
bear; to scold; to rebuke
simp. and trad.
(白熊)
Literally: “white bear”.

Etymology[edit]

Compare Japanese 白熊 (shirokuma), Korean 흰곰 (huin-gom), Vietnamese gấu trắng, all of which literally means “white bear”.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

白熊

  1. polar bear

Synonyms[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
しろ
Grade: 1
くま
Grade: S
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From (shiro, white) +‎ (kuma, bear).[1][2] Compare Chinese 白熊, Korean 흰곰 (huin-gom), Vietnamese gấu trắng, all of which literally mean “white bear”.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

白熊 (hiragana しろくま, katakana シロクマ, rōmaji shirokuma)

  1. Synonym of 北極熊 (Hokkyokuguma, polar bear)
    • 1990 June 15, Takahashi, Rumiko, “PARTパート.5 でんしょうば [PART.5 Snatching the Scroll of Secrets]”, in らんま½ [Ranma ½], volume 11 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 72:
       (にっ) (ぽん) (さん) (ちゅう)に…シロクマがいるか—————っ‼
      Nippon no sanchū ni… shirokuma ga iru ka—————'‼
      Why is there… a polar bear on a Japanese mountain⁉

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