蒲鉾

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蒲鉾 (kamaboko): The cattail seed spike of the cattail or bulrush plant.
蒲鉾 (kamaboko): Pink and white kamaboko fishcake.
Kanji in this term
かま
Jinmeiyō
ほこ > ぼこ
Hyōgaiji
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of ‎(kama, cattail, bulrush) +‎ ‎(hoko, spear). The hoko changes to boko due to rendaku (連濁). From the way the seed spike resembles a spear. [1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

蒲鉾 ‎(hiragana かまぼこ, romaji kamaboko)

  1. The seed spike or raceme of the cattail or bulrush plant.
  2. (From the resemblance to a cattail seed spike in shape and sometimes color): A traditional Japanese fishcake: any of various processed seafood products made from surimi, in which whitefish is pureed, formed into loaves, and steamed until firm.

Usage notes[edit]

Generally written in hiragana due to the high number of strokes and rarity of the characters used in the kanji spelling.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  3. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3