고모

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Early Modern Korean[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 姑母, from (aunt) + (mother).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

고모 (kwomwo) (hanja 姑母)

  1. paternal aunt (one's father's sister)
    Coordinate term: 이모(姨母) (imwo, maternal aunt)

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably a Sino-Korean word from (torment) + (to face), but this is not fully clear because the relevant Early Modern sources are written in pure Korean script.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (assuming aforementioned Sino-Korean etymology) IPA(key): [koː.mo]

Noun[edit]

고모 (kwomwo)

  1. (Gyeongsang, Buddhism) the fundamental suffering of human existence
    • 1704, 명연/明衍, 염불보권문/念佛普勸文 [Treatises in recommendation of nianfo]:
      나서 늘그며 병 드러 죽는 고모ᄅᆞᆯ 면치 못ᄒᆞ고 []
      nase nulkumye pyeng tule cwuknun kwomwo-lol myenchi mwos-hokwo
      one cannot escape the suffering of being born [only] to grow old, fall sick, and die []

Korean[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanizations
Revised Romanization?gomo
Revised Romanization (translit.)?gomo
McCune–Reischauer?komo
Yale Romanization?komo

Etymology 1[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 姑母, from (aunt) + (mother).

Noun[edit]

고모 (gomo) (hanja 姑母)

  1. paternal aunt (one's father's sister)
    Coordinate term: 이모(姨母) (imo, maternal aunt)
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 高帽, from (tall) + (hat).

Noun[edit]

고모 (gomo) (hanja 高帽)

  1. (North Korea) a tall hat worn by nobles during ceremonies