蛍雪の功

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
けい
Grade: S
せつ
Grade: 2
こう
Grade: 4
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From the stories of Jin () Dynasty-era politician Che Yin (車胤, Sha In) and scholar Sun Kang (孫康, Son Kō), who were too poor to buy lamp oil and studied by the light of fireflies (, kei) and the moonlight reflected off of snow (, setsu) outside, respectively.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Tokyo) ーせつのこ [kèésétsú nó kóꜜò] (Nakadaka – [6])[1]
  • IPA(key): [ke̞ːse̞t͡sɨᵝ no̞ ko̞ː]

Noun[edit]

蛍雪の功 (hiragana けいせつのこう, rōmaji keisetsu no kō)

  1. fruit of painstaking study

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9