黄泉

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Chinese[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see 黃泉.
(This term, 黄泉, is the simplified form of 黃泉.)
Notes:

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 6
Irregular

/yo2mo2/ invalid IPA characters (22): [ywomwo][yomo]

Older form of 黄泉 /yo2mi2/ invalid IPA characters (22). Ablaut of cognate (yama, mountain). Mountains were often used as a place to bury the dead and were strongly associated with the afterlife.

The kanji (yellow) and (spring, water source) are ateji, related to Chinese myths about the underworld having a yellow spring.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Irregular reading)
  • IPA(key): [jo̞mo̞]

Noun[edit]

黄泉 (hiragana よも, rōmaji yomo)

  1. the land of the dead, the afterworld, the underworld
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 6
Irregular

/yo2mi2/ invalid IPA characters (22): [ywomwi][yomi]

Ablaut form of older 黄泉 /yo2mo2/ invalid IPA characters (22). See yomo above.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

黄泉 (hiragana よみ, rōmaji yomi)

  1. the land of the dead, the afterworld, the underworld
Derived terms[edit]
Idioms[edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji in this term
こう
Grade: 2
せん
Grade: 6
on'yomi

From Sinitic 黃泉. Date of borrowing unknown.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

黄泉 (hiragana こうせん, rōmaji kōsen, historical hiragana くわうせん)

  1. an underground spring
  2. the underworld, the land of the dead
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3