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U+BA54, 메
Composition: +
Dubeolsik input:a-p

Hangul Syllables


Etymology 1[edit]

머 ←→ 며



  1. A Hangul syllabic block made up of and .

Etymology 2[edit]

Delabialized from (moe, “mountain, tomb”). First attested in the Hunmin jeongeum haerye (訓民正音解例 / 훈민정음해례), 1446 as Middle Korean (mwōy) (connective form (mwōyh)), from Old Korean *moro[1] (cf. 모로 (mworwo) as in "椵山 피모로" mentioned in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가) (1447) and Old Japanese borrowed words for Korean toponyms (むれ, ​mure) and (もろ, ​moro) as in "帶山城 (しとろもろのさし, ​Shitoromoro no sashi)" mentioned in the Nihon Shoki (720)).

Compare 모롱이 (morong-i, “place where curled back at the corner of mountain”).

Possibly the same root as 마루 (maru) and 마당 (madang).


  • IPA(key)[me̞]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? me
Revised Romanization (translit.)? me
McCune–Reischauer? me
Yale Romanization? mey



  1. mountain, hill
  2. bindweed
    Synonym: 메꽃 (mekkot)



  1. of the mountains; thus "wild"
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Etymology 3[edit]

First attested in the Sohak eonhae (小學諺解 / 소학언해), 1585, as Middle Korean (mwoy).



  1. a sacrificial offering of cooked rice
  2. cooked rice
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  1. ^ Rei Fukui (2018-03-30) 小倉進平『朝鮮語方言の研究』所載資料による言語地図とその解釈―第2集[1], 東京大学人文社会系研究科 韓国朝鮮文化研究室, page 5-8
  • National Institute of the Korean Language ( mirror) (accessed 2006-12-30), “”, in 표준국어대사전[2]
  • National Institute of the Korean Language ( mirror) (accessed 2006-12-30), “”, in 표준국어대사전[3]
  • Seo Jeong-beom (서정범) (2000), “뫼”, in 國語語原辭典, Seoul: Bogosa Books, pages 262-263