真っ青

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 3
さお
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

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Etymology[edit]

From (ma, true) +‎ (ao, grue). Compare 春雨 (harusame), 小雨 (kosame). Also compare 真っ赤 (makka, deep red), 真紅 (shinku, deep crimson, literally true crimson).

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Adjectival noun[edit]

真っ青 (-na inflection, hiragana まっさお, rōmaji massao, historical hiragana まっさを)

  1. deep blue
    • 1999 November 18, “ツンドラのおおサソリ [Giant Scorpion of the Tundra]”, in Vol.6 (in Japanese), Konami:
       () (ばく)ではなく、ツンドラに (ぶん) ()する (めずら)しい () (さお)サソリ。
      Sabaku de wa naku, tsundora ni bunpu suru mezurashii massao na sasori.
      A rare deep blue scorpion found in tundras but not in deserts.
  2. (of a face) pallid; pale

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Noun[edit]

真っ青 (hiragana まっさお, rōmaji massao, historical hiragana まっさを)

  1. deep blue
  2. pallor