黒髪

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See also: 黑髮 and 黑发

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
くろ
Grade: 2
かみ
Grade: S
kun’yomi

 (くろ) (kuro, black) +  (かみ) (kami, hair).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

黒髪 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 黑髮, hiragana くろかみ, rōmaji kurokami)

  1. black hair
    • 1188, Senzai Wakashū (book 13, poem 803; also Hyakunin Isshu, poem 80)
       (なが)からむ (こころ) ()らず黒髪 (くろかみ) (みだ)れてけさ (もの)こそ (おも)
      nagakaran kokoro mo shirazu kurokami no midarete wa mono o koso omoe
      How can I be sure that your heart will never change―with my own feelings as tangled this next morning as my black hair after sleep?[2]
     (みどり)黒髪 (くろかみ)
    midori no kurokami
    (please add an English translation of this example)

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
こく
Grade: 2
はつ
Grade: S
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 黑髮 (MC hək̚ pʉɐt̚). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

黒髪 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 黑髮, hiragana こくはつ, rōmaji kokuhatsu)

  1. black hair

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ Steven D. Carter (1991) Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology, illustrated edition, Stanford University Press, ISBN 0-8047-2212-9, page 231