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From Ainu susam, presumably from susu (“willow”) + ham (“leaf”). “Willow leaf” is due to the fish’s slender shape, similar to the shape of a willow leaf. Kanji are jukujikun, literally “willow leaf fish”.
柳葉魚 (hiragana ししゃも, romaji shishamo)
- Spirinchus lanceolatus, a Japanese smelt.
- English: shishamo