Originally identical to the modern animal classifier 마리 (mari).
Beyond Middle Korean, attested in the twelfth-century Jilin leishi word-list as 麻帝 (má dì) *mati, thus a case of intervocalic lenition. Perhaps cognate with Middle Korean ᄆᆞᆮ (mot, “eldest child”), modern 맞이 (maji), but the vocalism is different.
|Revised Romanization (translit.)?||meoli|
Syllables in red take high pitch. This word always takes high pitch only on the first syllable, and lowers the pitch of subsequent suffixes.
머리 • (meori)
- the leader of a group
- the radical at the top of a Chinese character
- the top or front of an object
- National Institute of the Korean Language (Naver.com mirror) (accessed 2006-12-31), “머리”, in 표준국어대사전
- Seo Jeong-beom (서정범) (2000), “머리”, in 國語語源辭典, Seoul: Bogosa Books, page 246