small; tiny; few; young
|simp. and trad.
- Min Nan
- light rain
|Kanji in this term|
Compound of ko (“small, light, slight”) and same (“rain”). The medial -s- either represents epenthesis between two vowels or, more likely, is a reflex of an older form of the word ame (“rain”) only maintained in fossilized compounds. See also harusame (“spring rain”) and shine (“rice”).
- 大雨 (おおあめ, ōame, “downpour”).
- 晴一時小雨 (hare ichiji kosame): clear, with brief light rain
- 小雨決行 (shōu kekkō): canceled only in case of heavy rain