萌え

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Etymology[edit]

The 連用形 (ren'yōkei, stem or continuative form) of verb 萌える (moeru, to bud, sprout; be aroused).

The "feelings of affection towards a fictional character" sense likely first appeared in the early 1990s.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

萌え (hiragana もえ, rōmaji moe)

  1. budding, sprouting
  2. (anime, manga slang) moe: feelings of affection towards a fictional character

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Descendants[edit]

Verb[edit]

萌え (hiragana もえ, rōmaji moe)

  1. imperfective and stem (or continuative) forms of 萌える (moeru) [ichidan]: budding, sprouting

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN