|Kanji in this term|
|さ(し) > ざ(し)|
Compound of 脇 (waki, “armpit, side of the torso”) + 差 (sashi, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, “continuative or stem form”) of verb 差す sasu “to insert, to stick into”), from the way the wakizashi would be stuck at one's side through the 帯 (obi, “belt or sash”). The sashi changes to zashi as an instance of rendaku (連濁).
- (weaponry) a traditional Japanese shortsword, often used as a secondary weapon to a katana
- 刀 (katana): traditional Japanese single-bladed curved sword
- 短刀 (tantō): traditional Japanese shortsword or dagger (30cm and shorter)
- 大小 (daishō): “big and small”: the katana and wakizashi as a set