도롱뇽

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Hunmong jahoe (訓蒙字會 / 훈몽자회), 1527, as Middle Korean 되룡 (Yale: twòylyòng).

This word appears to be a compound of an unknown morpheme *되 (*twoy) with Sino-Korean (lyong, dragon).

The word underwent sound change to 되롱 (doerong) by the eighteenth century, which made speakers unaware that the word was originally a compound involving . Consequently, speakers reattached the same character to the word, producing 되롱뇽 (doerongnyong). The initial diphthong was monophthongized in the nineteenth century to create the present form.

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanizations
Revised Romanization?dorongnyong
Revised Romanization (translit.)?dolongnyong
McCune–Reischauer?torongnyong
Yale Romanization?tolongnyong

Noun[edit]

도롱뇽 (dorongnyong)

  1. salamander
  2. specifically Korean salamander, Hynobius leechii

See also[edit]