까치

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가), 1447, as Middle Korean 가〯치〮 (Yale: kǎchí). The spontaneous gemination of the initial consonant occurred in the late nineteenth century. Spontaneous gemination is a recurrent phenomenon in Modern Korean, motivated by sound-symbolic effects.

Probably cognate to Japanese (kasasagi, the Eurasian magpie). No known connection to 어치 (eochi, Eurasian jay).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈk͈a̠(ː)t͡ɕʰi]
  • Phonetic hangul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?kkachi
Revised Romanization (translit.)?kkachi
McCune–Reischauer?kkach'i
Yale Romanization?kkāchi

Noun[edit]

까치 (kkachi)

  1. magpie
  2. In particular, the Eurasian magpie (Pica pica) or the Oriental magpie (Pica serica).

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