茄子

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Chinese[edit]

eggplant
 
child; son; (noun suffix)
child; son; (noun suffix); small thing; seed; egg; 1st earthly branch; 11 pm-1 am; midnight
simp. and trad.
(茄子)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

茄子

  1. eggplant; aubergine (Classifier: m;  m c;  m c;  m c)

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

茄子

  1. (chiefly Mandarin, when taking a photograph) cheese!

Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
なす
Jinmeiyō Grade: 1
jukujikun

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

/nasubi/*/nasubʉ/*/nasumɨ//nasumʉ//nasuː//nasu/

First attested in the late 1400s, originally a nyōbō kotoba term.

Shift from nasubi below.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

茄子(なす) (nasu

  1. Solanum melongena, the eggplant or aubergine
  2. a 茶入れ (chaire, tea container) in the shape of an eggplant
Derived terms[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

茄子(なす) (Nasu

  1. a surname

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
なすび
Jinmeiyō Grade: 1
jukujikun

First attested in the Wamyō Ruijushō (938 CE).

Various theories exist regarding the ultimate derivation:

(Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Orthographic borrowing from Chinese 茄子.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

茄子(なすび) (nasubi

  1. (archaic) Solanum melongena, the eggplant or aubergine
  2. (archaic) a 茶入れ (chaire, tea container) in the shape of an eggplant
  3. (figurative) poverty, destitution
    from the inexpensiveness of eggplants even the impoverished can eat
  4. a 家紋 (kamon, family crest) with designs of eggplant fruits, flowers, and leaves
Derived terms[edit]
Proverbs[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

茄子(なすび) (Nasubi

  1. a placename

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN