梅干し

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梅干し

EtymologyEdit

Compound of (ume, plum) +‎ 干し (hoshi, drying, dried), the stem noun form of 干す (hosu, to dry). The hoshi changes to boshi due to rendaku (連濁).

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NounEdit

梅干し (hiragana うめぼし, romaji umeboshi)

  1. umeboshi: salt-dried or pickled Japanese ume (a kind of plum); very sour, and often used as a condiment in Japanese cooking
  2. (slang) an elderly person (from the similarity of wrinkled skin to a wrinkled umeboshi; compare usage of English prune)
  3. (medicine) an unripe Japanese ume that has been smoked over a fire until black, used in traditional medicines and as a pigment

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Derived termsEdit

  • 梅干し和え, 梅干和 (うめぼしあえ, umeboshi ae): a dressing or sauce for fish or vegetables made of umeboshi mixed with sugar or other sweetener
  • 梅干し飴, 梅干飴 (うめぼしあめ, umeboshi ame): "umeboshi candy": a sweet resembling an umeboshi in shape and/or size and/or flavor
  • 梅干し磯巾着, 梅干磯巾着, ウメボシイソギンチャク (umeboshi isoginchaku): Actiniidae, a family of sea anemone
  • 梅干しの木, 梅干の木 (うめぼしのき, umeboshi no ki): alternate term for 権萃 (gonzui) or ミツバウツギ (mitsuba utsugi), the Staphylea bumalda, a kind of bladdernut tree
  • 梅干し婆, 梅干婆 (うめぼしばば, umeboshi baba): (derogatory) a wrinkly elderly woman
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