호랑이

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sino-Korean 호랑(虎狼) (horang, tiger, literally tigers and wolves) +‎ (-i, noun suffix). The meaning of "wolves" has been absorbed by "tiger". Displaced native (beom), which is now dated but survives in various compounds.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈɸʷo̞(ː)ɾa̠ŋi]
  • Phonetic hangul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?horang'i
Revised Romanization (translit.)?holang'i
McCune–Reischauer?horangi
Yale Romanization?hōlangi

Noun[edit]

호랑이 (horang'i) (counter 마리, hanja 虎狼이)

  1. tiger
    호랑이 사자보다 크다.
    Horang'ineun sajaboda keuda.
    Tigers are bigger than lions.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (beom) (dated)
  • 호랑 (horang) (rare, but more common in North Korea)

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