鯨鯢

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See also: 鲸鲵

Chinese[edit]

whale Cryptobranchus japonicus; salamander
trad. (鯨鯢)
simp. (鲸鲵)

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

鯨鯢

  1. male and female whales
  2. a fierce enemy
  3. a pirate
  4. an innocent person who is killed

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
げい
Grade: S
げい
Hyōgaiji
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

鯨鯢 ‎(hiragana げいげい, romaji geigei) (alternative reading hiragana けいげい, romaji keigei)

  1. male and female whales
  2. whales in general
  3. a fierce fish
  4. (figuratively) a major villain, a leader of criminals (compare English shark)

Idioms[edit]

  • 鯨鯢の顎にかく (げいげいのあぎとにかく, ​geigei no agito ni kaku): “to be caught by the jaws of a whale” → to meet with a major misfortune or dangerous situation, particularly at sea

References[edit]

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

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this term

Noun[edit]

鯨鯢 ‎(gyeong-ye) ‎(hangeul 경예)

  1. Hanja form? of 경예, “male and female whales”.