가물치

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Korean[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from 가물다 (gamulda, “to be blighted with drought”) or 감다 (gamda, "to be black") + -치 (-chi), a suffix often found in fish names. First recorded in the Hunmong Jahoe, 1527, as "가모티."

Noun[edit]

가물치 ‎(gamulchi)

  1. the snakehead, Channa argus.
  2. (North Korea) a fish caught during a drought, when the water is low

References[edit]

  • National Institute of the Korean Language (Naver.com mirror) (accessed 2007-01-22), “가물치”, in 표준국어대사전[1]
  • 김, 익수; 박종영 (2002), “가물치”, in 한국의 민물고기, Seoul: Kyo-Hak Publishing, ISBN 89-09-07175-3, page 407