고양이

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Korean[edit]

고양이 (goyang'i, “cat”)

Etymology[edit]

(goe, cat, now largely obsolete) +‎ 앙이 (-ang'i, diminutive suffix). First recorded in 1690, and became popular in the late 19th century. Ultimately from Old Korean *kwò(y)ní, attested in the twelfth-century wordlist Jilin leishi; see (goe) for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanizations
Revised Romanization?goyang'i
Revised Romanization (translit.)?goyang'i
McCune–Reischauer?koyangi
Yale Romanization?koyang.i

Noun[edit]

고양이 (goyang'i) (counter 마리)

  1. cat
    조용한 고양이 잡는다.
    Joyonghan goyang'iga jwi-reul jamneunda.
    The quiet cat catches the mouse. (proverb)

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Related terms[edit]

  • 길냥이 (gillyang'i, stray cat) (neologism)

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