西瓜

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Chinese[edit]

west
 
melon; claw; gourd; squash
simp. and trad.
(西瓜)
西
Literally: “western melon”.
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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

西瓜

  1. watermelon

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (西瓜):
  • Japanese: 西瓜 (すいか) (suika)
  • Korean: 서과 (西瓜, seogwa)

Others:


Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
西
すい
Grade: 2

Jinmeiyō
tōon on’yomi

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, rōmaji 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

Okinawan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

西瓜 (hiragana しーくゎ, katakana シークヮ, rōmaji shīkwa)

  1. watermelon
    Synonym: 広東瓜 (kwantuui)

References[edit]

  • シークヮ” in Okinawa Center of Language Study, Shuri-Naha Dialect Dictionary.