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沼気

See also: 沼氣

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しょう
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on'yomi

EtymologyEdit

/seuki//ɕeuki//ɕʲoːki/

From Middle Chinese compound 沼氣 (tsyewX khjɨjH, literally pool, pond, swamp + vapors, gas). Compare modern Cantonese reading ziu2 hei3.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

沼気 (hiragana しょうき, romaji shōki, historical hiragana せうき)

  1. marsh gas, swamp gas, methane (naturally occurring)

Usage notesEdit

Although one translation of this term is methane, this refers more specifically to the methane produced from organic matter rotting in a body of water. One would not generally use this term to refer to methane or natural gas as used for cooking or heating.

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9