박쥐

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Gugeupganibang eonhae (救急簡易方諺解 / 구급간이방언해), 1489, as Middle Korean ᄇᆞᆰ〯쥐〮 (Yale: pǒlk-cwúy). Shift from earlier 밝쥐 (bakjwi), itself a compound of 밝- (bak-, bright, probably implying “bright-eyed”) +‎ (jwi, rat). In the past, Korean people thought bats had bright eyes because they did not know that they could fly in dark caves using ultrasound. [1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈpa̠(ː)k̚t͡ɕ͈ɥi] ~ [ˈpa̠(ː)k̚t͡ɕ͈y]
  • Phonetic hangeul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, the great majority of speakers (in both Koreas) no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?bakjwi
Revised Romanization (translit.)?bagjwi
McCune–Reischauer?pakchwi
Yale Romanization?pāk.cwi

Noun[edit]

박쥐 (bakjwi) (counter 마리)

  1. bat

Alternative forms[edit]

  • 밝쥐 (bakjwi) (archaic; literally "bright (eyed) rat")

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The origin of 박쥐 [bat]: [1]