火鼠

JapaneseEdit

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Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
ねずみ
Hyōgaiji
kun'yomi

Etymology 1Edit

Compound of Old Japanese elements (hi, fire) +‎ (nezumi, rat, mouse).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

火鼠 (hiragana ひねずみ, romaji hinezumi)

  1. a fire-rat: an imaginary creature of ancient China resembling a white rat, thought to live in the volcanoes of the South China Sea and to have fireproof fur
    • Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, 10th century
      唐土にある、火鼠の裘を給へ
      もろこしにある、ひねずみのかわごろもをたまえ
      Morokoshi ni aru, hinezumi no kawagoromo o tamae
      Get me the fur robe of the fire-rat in China...
Derived termsEdit
  • 火鼠の皮衣 (ひねずみのかわごろも, hinezumi no kawagoromo; ひねずみのかわぎぬ, hinezumi no kawaginu): asbestos cloth

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 1

Hyōgaiji
on'yomi

Sinitic. Date of borrowing unknown.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

火鼠 (hiragana かそ, historical hiragana くわそ, romaji kaso)

  1. a fire-rat (see above)
Usage notesEdit

The hinezumi reading is more common.


MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin huǒshǔ
Zhuyin ㄏㄨㄛˇ ㄕㄨˇ
IPA (key) /xu̯ɔ²¹⁴⁻³⁵ ʂu²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

NounEdit

火鼠 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin huǒshǔ)

  1. A fire rat/mouse; a kind of yāoguài, a supernatural creature.

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 9 April 2014, at 07:14