Last modified on 19 June 2014, at 14:52
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TranslingualEdit

EtymologyEdit

Simplified from ()

In the current form, semantic  (small animal [originally meaning dog]) + phonetic 

Han characterEdit

(radical 94 +9, 12 strokes, cangjie input 大竹廿田 (KHTW), composition)

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 714, character 27
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 20535
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1127, character 1
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1352, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+732B

ChineseEdit

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PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

(classifier )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) cat

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JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

ReadingsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Japanese. /*ni1a-ko1ma/ > /ne1ko1ma/ > /neko/

Shortened from nekoma: see below.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji , counter , hiragana ねこ, katakana ネコ, romaji neko)

  1. a cat
    • 931-938: Wamyō Ruijushō (book 7 page 56)
      猫: 野王案、猫、音苗、禰古麻、下總本有和名二字興河海抄引此合、本草和名同訓、或省云禰古、新撰字鏡、狸、禰古、按狸一名猫、見本草和名、似虎而小、熊捕鼠為糧
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IdiomsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Japanese. /*ni1a-ko1ma/ > /ne1ko1ma/

Originally a compound of にゃ (nya, onomatopoeia for the sound a cat makes (compare English mew)) +‎ こま (koma, four-legged animal).

Obsolete; replaced by shorter form neko in modern Japanese.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(hiragana ねこま, romaji nekoma)

  1. (obsolete) a cat
    • 931-938: Wamyō Ruijushō (book 7 page 56)
      猫: 野王案、猫、音苗、禰古麻、下總本有和名二字興河海抄引此合、本草和名同訓、或省云禰古、新撰字鏡、狸、禰古、按狸一名猫、見本草和名、似虎而小、熊捕鼠為糧

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KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(myo) (hangeul , McCune-Reischauer myo, Yale myo)

  1. (고양이 묘, goyang-i): cat