竹刀

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Grade: 2
Irregular
Kanji in this term
たけ
Grade: 1
かたな > がたな
Grade: 2
kun'yomi
Kanji in this term
ちく
Grade: 1
とう
Grade: 2
on'yomi
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Etymology[edit]

Short-form of  (しな) (だけ) (shinaidake): from  (しな) (shinai, stem or continuative form of  (しな) (shinau, to be suppled)) +  (たけ) (take, bamboo) (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?). The kanji has many kun-readings.

This kanji compound is an example of ateji, with no reference to the reading of their respective kanji. The other two readings below reference directly the kun'yomi and on'yomi readings of their respective kanji, but their use is less common than shinai.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

A shinai

竹刀 (hiragana しない, rōmaji shinai, historical hiragana しなひ)

竹刀 (hiragana たけがたな, rōmaji takegatana)

竹刀 (hiragana ちくとう, rōmaji chikutō, historical hiragana ちくたう)

  1. bamboo sword (a practice sword used in kendō, Japanese fencing).

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