脇差

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脇差: a wakizashi (with both full koshirae and simpler shirasaya) below a katana (also with koshirae and shirasaya), showing the difference in size.
Kanji in this term
わき
Grade: S
さし > ざし
Grade: 4
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (waki, armpit, side of the torso) +‎ (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 (obi, belt or sash).[1] The sashi changes to zashi as an instance of rendaku (連濁).

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脇差 (hiragana わきざし, rōmaji wakizashi)

  1. (weaponry) a traditional Japanese shortsword, often used as a secondary weapon to a katana
    Traditionally 30cm to 60cm in length. For more details, see Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Wakizashi on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9