西瓜

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Chinese[edit]

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west
 
melon; claw; gourd; squash
simp. and trad.
(西瓜)
西

Etymology[edit]

From 西 ("western") +  ("melon").

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

西瓜

  1. watermelon

Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (西瓜):


Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
西
Grade: 2 Jinmeiyō
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese compound 西瓜 ‎(sej kwæ, literally west + melon). Compare modern Mandarin 西瓜 (xīguā, “watermelon”). sui is the 唐音 of 西. There is an alternative spelling of 水瓜, which may be seen as both ateji and a calque of English watermelon.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

西瓜 ‎(hiragana すいか, katakana スイカ, romaji suika, historical hiragana すいくわ)

  1. watermelon

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

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