縞栗鼠

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縞栗鼠 (shima risu): a chipmunk stuffing a nut into its cheek.
Kanji in this term
しま
Jinmeiyō

Jinmeiyō

Hyōgaiji
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (shima, stripe) +‎ 栗鼠 (risu, squirrel).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Irregular reading)

Noun[edit]

縞栗鼠 (hiragana しまりす, katakana シマリス, rōmaji shima risu)

  1. chipmunk

Usage notes[edit]

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts, as シマリス.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN