這子

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Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
ほう
Jinmeiyō

Grade: 1
Irregular

/hauko//hɔːko//hoːko/

Originally a compound of 這う (hau, to crawl) +‎ (ko, child).[1][2][3]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

這子 (hiragana ほうこ, rōmaji hōko, historical hiragana はふこ)

  1. a crawling baby
  2. a protective charm for babies, made as a doll in the form of a baby, and intended to take on any misfortune in the real baby's stead
  3. (rare) alternate name for 犬蓬 (inu yomogi, literally dog mugwort): Artemisia keiskeana, a kind of mugwort or wormwood
Synonyms[edit]

(protective doll):

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
は(う)
Jinmeiyō

Grade: 1
kun’yomi

Compound of 這う (hau, to crawl) +‎ (ko, child).[1][2][3]

Pronunciation[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

這子 (hiragana はうこ, rōmaji hauko, historical hiragana はふこ)

  1. a crawling baby
  2. a protective charm for babies, made as a doll in the form of a baby, and intended to take on any misfortune in the real baby's stead
  3. (rare) alternate name for 犬蓬 (inu yomogi, literally dog mugwort): Artemisia keiskeana, a kind of mugwort or wormwood
Usage notes[edit]

This reading appears to be less common for the doll and dog mugwort senses.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN