감자

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Korean[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Nativisation of the Sino-Korean term 감저 (甘藷, gamjeo, “lesser yam, Dioscorea esculenta”). First attested 1766 in Korea, then referring to the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).

The word came to refer to both potato and sweet potato in the nineteenth century, and later lost its original meaning.

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanizations
Revised Romanization?gamja
Revised Romanization (translit.)?gamja
McCune–Reischauer?kamja
Yale Romanization?kamca

Noun[edit]

감자 (gamja)

  1. potato
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanizations
Revised Romanization?gamja
Revised Romanization (translit.)?gamja
McCune–Reischauer?kamcha
Yale Romanization?kamqca

Verb[edit]

감자 (gamja) (plain hortative of 감다)

  1. let's close (our eyes)
  2. let's wash