神木

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Chinese[edit]

 
God; unusual; mysterious; soul; spirit; divine essence; lively; spiritual being
tree; wood
simp. and trad.
(神木)
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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

神木

  1. sacred tree

Proper noun[edit]

神木

  1. () Shenmu County (county in Shaanxi province, China)

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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神木 (shinboku, kanki): a sacred tree encircled with a shimenawa belt.
Kanji in this term
しん
Grade: 3
ぼく
Grade: 1
on’yomi

Possibly from Middle Chinese compound 神木 (/ʑiɪn muk̚/, literally god + tree). Compare modern Minangkabau reading sîn-bo̍k. The Japanese term uses the kan'on, suggesting a later borrowing.

Alternatively, may have been coined in Japan as a compound of Middle Chinese-derived elements, as (shin, god, spirit) + (boku, tree).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

神木 (hiragana しんぼく, rōmaji shinboku)

  1. a sacred or holy tree
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
かむ > かん
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
kun’yomi

/kamuki//kaɴki/

From Old Japanese. Originally a compound of (kamu, god, spirit, ancient combining reading) +‎ (ki, tree).[2] Appears with the older kamuki phonetic rendering in the Man'yōshū poetry compilation completed in 759 CE.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

神木 (hiragana かんき, rōmaji kanki)

  1. (obsolete) see shinboku above
Usage notes[edit]

Superseded by the shinboku reading above.

Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji in this term
さか
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
Irregular

Alternative spelling of (sakaki) as jukujikun (熟字訓), likely based on a partial decomposition of the character into its and components.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

神木 (hiragana さかき, rōmaji sakaki)

  1. (rare) the sakaki tree, Cleyera japonica

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan