shakuhachi

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 尺八 ‎(しゃくはち, shakuhachi), from Middle Chinese 尺八 ‎(t͡ʃʰjek-pɛt, shakuhachi; bamboo flute), from (an archaic measure of length approximately equal to 30 centimeters) + ("eight").

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: shäko͞oʹhächē, shäʹko͞ohächē, IPA(key): /ʃɑkʰuˈhɑtʃiː/, /ʃɑkʰuhɑtʃiː/
  • Hyphenation: sha‧ku‧ha‧chi

Noun[edit]

shakuhachi ‎(plural shakuhachis)

  1. (music) A Japanese flute which is tuned to a pentatonic scale is end-blown like a recorder instead of being held transversely like the Western transverse flute.

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

shakuhachi

  1. rōmaji reading of しゃくはち