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桂花

ChineseEdit

simpl. and trad.

EtymologyEdit

From ("gui tree") + ("flower"), expanded from to distinguish the osmanthus from the 肉桂 ("cassia", "Chinese cinnamon").

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NounEdit

桂花

  1. sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans)
桂花

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JapaneseEdit

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桂花

Etymology 1Edit

From Sinitic 桂花.

NounEdit

桂花 (hiragana けいか, romaji keika, historical hiragana けいくゎ)

  1. sweet osmanthus
  2. the flowers of the sweet osmanthus
Usage notesEdit

The term 桂花 is generally reserved for compounds. The tree and the flowers are usually distinguished within Japan between the white-blossoming 銀木犀 (ginmokusei, "silver osmanthus") and the orange-blossoming 金木犀 (kinmokusei, "gold osmanthus"), with the latter being more popular.

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Etymology 2Edit

From a Chinese legend that the phases of the moon were caused by trees (kei in Japanese: general name for Lauraceae and other fragrant trees), which would bud, blossom, then drop their flowers and leaves again as if in accelerated seasons. Literally, "kei flower", likening the phases of the moon to the budding and blooming of the trees.

NounEdit

桂花 (hiragana けいか, romaji keika, historical hiragana けいくゎ)

  1. (euphemistic) the moon