Sino-Korean word derived from the Hanja word 麒麟. The archaic sense of legendary animal is attested in the two-millenia old Confucianist Classic of Rites that reads bonghwang-girin (鳳凰麒麟). Since Admiral Zheng He took the giraffe from Somalia to China in 1414, this Hanja word was equated with Somali geri or the like meaning "giraffe" then (See Citations:기린), which on the other hand may have influenced the etymology of Italian giraffa (since Medici giraffe in 1486) and its European derivatives via Arabic زرافة (zarāfa, zurāfa).
|Orthoepy, etc||girin||기린 (girin)||麒 麟|
- 지라프 (jirapeu, “giraffe”) (rarely used)
- 기린 (girin, “horse par excellence”, 驥驎)
- 길이 (giri, “length”)
- 기르다 (gireuda, “to grow”)
- 봉황 (bonghwang, “fabulous male and female birds”, 鳳凰)
- ^ 민중서관편집국편. 新字海. 민중서림