蟀谷

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Hyōgaiji Grade: 2
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

From (こめ) (kome, rice) + () (kami, biting, chewing, (れん)(よう)(けい) (ren'yōkei, stem or continuative form) of the verb () (kamu, to bite, to chew)), from the way one's temple moves while eating.

蟀谷 appears to be a variant of 率谷(そっこく) (sokkoku, leading valley), the acupuncture point at the temple. First appeared in 外臺秘要, volume 39, line 255, "蟀谷在耳上入发际一寸五分嚼而取之灸三壮主醉酒风发两角弦痛一云两目眩不能饮烦满呕吐"[1]

It's not clear why the kanji was chosen, but it was borrowed as it is into Japanese.

Noun[edit]

蟀谷(こめかみ) (komekami

  1. Alternative spelling of 顳顬 (temple (region of skull))

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