엄니

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Korean[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in the Worin seokbo (月印釋譜 / 월인석보), 1459, as Middle Korean 엄니 (Yale: emni). Equivalent to (eom, “mother, *great”) (~ 어머니 (eomeoni, “mother”)) + (ni, “tooth”) (Modern (i)). Compare 엄지 (eomji, “thumb, the great finger”).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈɘ(ː)mni]
  • Phonetic hangul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?eomni
Revised Romanization (translit.)?eomni
McCune–Reischauer?ŏmni
Yale Romanization?ēmni

Noun[edit]

엄니 (eomni)

  1. a long, pointed tooth, canine or fang of beasts of prey or serpents, as well as tusk of elephants, mammoths, walruses, wild boars, etc.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Presumably abbreviation of 어머니 (eomeoni).

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanizations
Revised Romanization?eomni
Revised Romanization (translit.)?eomni
McCune–Reischauer?ŏmni
Yale Romanization?emni

Noun[edit]

엄니 (eomni)

  1. Jeolla dialect, Chungcheong, Gyeonggi, and Gyeongsang form of 어머니 (eomeoni, mother).