神風

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
かみ
Grade: 3
かぜ
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

kami “god, divine” + kaze “wind”

Noun[edit]

神風 (hiragana かみかぜ, romaji kamikaze)

  1. Literally “divine wind”, a name given to a typhoon that saved Japan from a Mongol invasion in the 13th century.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • 神風 is also the ultimate source of the English word kamikaze, by a circuitous route. The characters appear in 神風特別攻撃隊, “神風 special attack unit”, the name of one kamikaze unit surely named after the typhoon but given the Sino-Japanese reading “shinpū”. However “shinpū” is not a word in its own right. The Japanese use the term “special attack unit” written in the abbreviated form 特攻隊 (tokkōtai) when referring to the WWII suicide pilots.

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