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雷神鳥

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
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EtymologyEdit

雷神鳥, a calque of English thunderbird. This term is built from the components 雷神 (raijin, thunder god) + (chō, bird) rather than the expected (rai, thunder) + (chō, bird) because the term 雷鳥 had already been used to mean rock ptarmigan, a type of snow grouse native to Japan.

NounEdit

雷神鳥 (hiragana らいじんちょう, romaji raijinchō)

  1. a thunderbird

Usage notesEdit

The term サンダーバード (sandābādo) is more commonly used as a translation for the English term thunderbird.

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