金木犀

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金木犀 (kinmokusei): The sweet osmanthus, with orange blossoms.
Kanji in this term
きん
Grade: 1
もく
Grade: 1
せい
Jinmeiyō
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of ‎(kin, gold, golden) +‎ 木犀 ‎(mokusei, sweet/fragrant osmanthus).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

金木犀 ‎(hiragana きんもくせい, katakana キンモクセイ, romaji kinmokusei)

  1. The orange-blooming variety of the sweet or fragrant olive, Osmanthus fragrans.

Usage notes[edit]

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana in biological contexts, as キンモクセイ.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9