破瓜

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Chinese[edit]

 
to break; to split; broken; damaged; worn out
 
melon; claw; gourd; squash
simp. and trad.
(破瓜)

Etymology[edit]

The shape of the character can be decomposed into two (“eight”), thus “breaking ” is used to euphemistically refer to reaching the age of 8+8 (=16) for girls, and 8×8 (=64) for men.

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

破瓜

  1. (literary, of a girl) to reach the age of 16
  2. (literary, figuratively, of a girl) to lose one's virginity
  3. (literary, of a man) to reach the age of 64

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 5

Jinmeiyō
on'yomi

Noun[edit]

破瓜 (hiragana はか, rōmaji haka)

  1. breaking of the hymen by sexual intercourse