神無月

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
かん
Grade: 3

Grade: 4
つき > づき
Grade: 1
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

(かみ, kami), "god" + (な, na), meaningless 当て字 (ateji) + (つき, tsuki), "month" (The tsuki changes to zuki as an instance of rendaku (連濁).)

In the folk etymology, Japanese gods were said to assemble at the Grand shrine of Izumo (出雲大社, Izumo Taisha) in the tenth month of the lunar calendar, leaving no gods in the rest of Japan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

神無月 (hiragana かんなづき, rōmaji kannazuki)
神無月 (hiragana かみなづき, rōmaji kaminazuki)
神無月 (hiragana かむなづき, rōmaji kamunazuki)

  1. (archaic) the tenth month of the lunar calendar
  2. (poetic) October

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3