草薙の剣

JapaneseEdit

草薙の剣: Artist's impressions of the (unseen) Imperial Regalia of Japan, with Kusanagi no Tsurugi on the left
Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Jinmeiyō Grade: S

EtymologyEdit

Phrase consisting of (kusa, grass) +‎ (nagi, cutting, mowing, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, stem form) of verb 薙ぐ nagu “to cut, to mow”) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ (tsurugi, sword).[1]

The name derives from a legend wherein the sword was used to cut grass, thereby saving the wielder from a deliberately-set fire. See the Wikipedia article for details.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

草薙の剣 (hiragana くさなぎのつるぎ, romaji Kusanagi no Tsurugi)

  1. the Kusanagi no Tsurugi or "Grasscutting Longsword", one of the three sacred treasures comprising the Imperial Regalia of Japan

SynonymsEdit

  • 天叢雲剣 (あまのむらくものつるぎ, ​Ama no Murakumo no Tsurugi): “Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven”, alternate name for the sword

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
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