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黄泉

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EtymologyEdit

From  ("yellow") +  ("spring"). Water from a spring or a well tends to become increasingly yellow as the depth of the water source increases. The underground is where the dead people are buried, hence where the "underworld" would be.

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NounEdit

黄泉

  1. an underground spring
  2. the underworld, the land of the dead

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
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Etymology 1Edit

/yo2mo2/: [ywomwo][yomo]

Older form of 黄泉 /yo2mi2/. Ablaut of cognate (yama, mountain). Mountains were often used as a place to bury the dead and were strongly associated with the afterlife.

The kanji (yellow) and (spring, water source) are ateji, related to Chinese myths about the underworld having a yellow spring.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

黄泉 (hiragana よも, romaji yomo)

  1. the land of the dead, the afterworld, the underworld
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Etymology 2Edit

/yo2mi2/: [ywomwi][yomi]

Ablaut form of older 黄泉 /yo2mo2/. See yomo above.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

黄泉 (hiragana よみ, romaji yomi)

  1. the land of the dead, the afterworld, the underworld
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Etymology 3Edit

From Sinitic 黄泉. Date of borrowing unknown.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

黄泉 (hiragana こうせん, romaji kōsen, historical hiragana くゎうせん)

  1. an underground spring
  2. the underworld, the land of the dead
Derived termsEdit
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