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鉄扇: a Japanese iron fan with wooden ribs


Apparently coined in Japan from Sinitic components, as a compound of (tetsu, iron, steel) +‎ (sen, fan, folding fan).



鉄扇 (hiragana てっせん, romaji tessen)

  1. (weaponry) a Japanese war fan
    Various types existed, including folding fans with blades of wood and ribs of metal, folding fans with ribs of wood and blades of metal, folding fans made entirely of metal, solid fans made of both wood and metal or entirely of metal, and a variety made of metal and used more like a truncheon, but made to look like a folded fan. See the Wikipedia article for more.

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  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3