메밀

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Korean 모밇 (Yale: mwomilh), probably (Yale: mwoh, “edge, spike”) + (Yale: milh, “wheat”), in reference to the shape of the seeds; compare English buckwheat. First attested in Sinicized form in the 1260s as 木麥, where appears to be an ateji. First attested in Hangul form in 1518.

Reanalyzed in the nineteenth or early twentieth century as being equivalent to (me, “wild; non-glutinous”)— + (mil, “wheat”); when Korean was standardized in the 1930s, the innovative form was chosen as standard.

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Romanizations
Revised Romanization?memil
Revised Romanization (translit.)?memil
McCune–Reischauer?memil
Yale Romanization?meymil
  • South Gyeongsang (Busan) pitch accent: 의 / 메에 / 메밀

    Syllables in red take high pitch. This word always takes high pitch only on the second syllable, except before consonant-initial multisyllabic suffixes, when it takes full low pitch.

Noun[edit]

메밀 (memil)

  1. buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum

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