First attested in the Hunmin jeongeum haerye (訓民正音解例 / 훈민정음해례), 1446, as 그력. Subsequently passed through the forms 그려기 and 기려기. Possibly cognate with the Japanese 雁 (kari, “goose”) and the Mongolian [script needed] (kasha, “bird”).
기러기 • (gireogi)
- 거위 (geowi) (鵝, a) domesticated goose that would not fly.
- 고니 (goni) (鵠, gok) swan that also flies in a wedge.
- National Institute of the Korean Language (Naver.com mirror) (accessed 2007-01-07), “기러기”, in 표준국어대사전
- Seo Jeong-beom (서정범) (2000), “기러기”, in 國語語原辭典, Seoul: Bogosa Books, page 98