Last modified on 11 August 2014, at 01:23

三味線

ChineseEdit

simpl. 线
trad.

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

三味線

  1. shamisen

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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
さん > しゃ、さ
Grade: 1

Grade: 3
せん
Grade: 2
on'yomi
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EtymologyEdit

The instrument was introduced to mainland Japan from Okinawa, where it is known as the 三線 (sanshin), or as the 蛇皮線 (jabisen): 蛇皮 (snakeskin) + (string). The mainland Japanese term comes from this latter Okinawan term, with jabisen becoming shamisen (or alternately samisen). The kanji is used as an ateji.

NounEdit

三味線 (hiragana しゃみせん, romaji shamisen)
三味線 (hiragana さみせん, romaji samisen) (rare)

  1. (music) A shamisen; a Japanese three-stringed lute

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