美色

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Chinese[edit]

beautiful; beauty; America
 
color; dice; look; appearance
simp. and trad.
(美色)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

美色

  1. charms (of a woman)

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 3
しょく
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese compound 美色 (/mˠiɪX ʃɨk̚/ invalid IPA characters (X), literally beauty + color). Compare modern Cantonese reading mei5 sik1.

The kan'on reading, so likely a later borrowing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

美色 (hiragana びしょく, rōmaji bishoku)

  1. beautiful color
  2. beauty (of personal appearance)

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9