Last modified on 5 May 2015, at 12:25

TranslingualEdit

Han characterEdit

(radical 75 +6, 10 strokes, cangjie input 木中一人 (DLMO), four-corner 42913, composition)

  1. peach
  2. marriage
  3. used as a surname

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 525, character 4
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 14757
  • Dae Jaweon: page 913, character 8
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1202, character 7
  • Unihan data for U+6843

ChineseEdit

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PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

  1. peach

CompoundsEdit


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

  1. peach

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Kanji in this term
もも
Grade: S
kun'yomi

From Old Japanese. Brought to Japan in antiquity, with pits found in prehistoric sites from the Yayoi period, 300 BCE - 300 CE. Mentioned as a food in documents from the Nara and Heian periods.[1]

Ultimate derivation unknown. Theories include the following.

  • Possibly derived originally from a reduplication of (Old Japanese mu, modern Japanese mi, fruit), from the way that peaches often grow in clusters. However, the vowel shift seems unlikely given regular Japanese phonetic shifts. In addition, most reduplicated terms in Japanese have the 頭高型 (atamadaka-gata) pitch accent pattern, starting high and falling.
  • Possibly cognate with Old Japanese (momo, hundred; lots). However, this term also has the 頭高型 (atamadaka-gata) pitch accent pattern.
  • Possibly a reduplication of (mo, hair), from the way that peaches are hairy. The term is spelled as 毛毛 in some ancient documents. However, was commonly used as man'yōgana for its phonetic value, in which cases its original Chinese meaning of hair is usually ignored.

None of the above possibilities seems very compelling. Given the archaeological evidence, this term probably originated before the Japanese ancestor population migrated to the Japanese archipelago.

Possibly related to (ancient mume, modern ume, Japanese apricot, Japanese plum).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(hiragana もも, katakana モモ, romaji momo)

  1. peach
  2. peach tree

Derived termsEdit

IdiomsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Ainu: モマ (moma, Japanese peach, Japanese apricot)

Proper nounEdit

(hiragana もも, romaji Momo)

  1. A female given name

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9

KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(do) (hangeul , revised do, McCune-Reischauer to, Yale to)

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OkinawanEdit

KanjiEdit

(hiragana むむ, romaji mumu)

EtymologyEdit

Cognate with mainland Japanese (momo).

NounEdit

(hiragana むむ, romaji mumu)

  1. peach

VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(đào, hồng)

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