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U+C300, 쌀
Composition: + +
Dubeolsik input:T-k-f

Hangul Syllables


Etymology 1[edit]

시 ←→ 쌔



  1. A Hangul syllabic block made up of , , and .

Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in the Jīlín lèishì (鷄林類事 / 계림유사), 1103, as Middle Korean 菩薩.

First attested in the Worin seokbo (月印釋譜 / 월인석보), 1459, as Middle Korean ᄡᆞᆯ (Yale: psol). The Middle Korean p- is still preserved in many compounds where is the second element, such as 멥쌀 (mepssal) and 찹쌀 (chapssal).

Alexander Vovin argues in a 2015 work that this term could be a Japonic loan, connecting it with Japanese 早稲 (wase, early-ripening rice), with two assumptions:[1]

  • That the initial p- came from a phonological inability to render initial Japonic w-.
  • That the final consonant was originally present in early Japonic but had been eliminated in the insular languages.

Meanwhile, James Marshall Unger presents a case in a 2000 paper[2] that explains a possible derivation for Japanese terms like 早稲 (wase) that have alternating apophonic forms (standalone wase and compounding form wasa-), suggesting instead that these may be cognates with Koreanic terms.


Revised Romanization? ssal
Revised Romanization (translit.)? ssal
McCune–Reischauer? ssal
Yale Romanization? ssal

South Gyeongsang (Busan) pitch accent: / 에 /

Syllables in red take high pitch. This word always takes high pitch and also heightens the next suffixed syllable, unless it is 에.



  1. rice
  2. white hulled grains of barley, wheat, etc.
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  1. ^ Vovin, Alexander (2015) , “On The Etymology of Middle Korean psʌr 'rice'”, in Türk Dilleri Araştırmaları[1], issue 25.2, pages 229-238
  2. ^ Unger, J. Marshall (2000) , “Reconciling Comparative and Internal Reconstruction: The Case of Old Japanese /ti ri ni/”, in Language[2], issue 76.3, page 655–681