First attested in the Neungeomgyeong eonhae (楞嚴經諺解 / 능엄경언해), 1461, as 나 (Yale: napoy). From a root *nAp meaning "flat, wide", represented in the modern language by 넓다 (neolda, “wide”) (< Middle Korean nep-). Also derived from this root are 나방 (nabang, “moth”) and 넙치 (neopchi, “flatfish”). A similar derivation is seen in Chinese 蝴蝶, see there for more.
- 나방, moth
- 고양이 (goyang-i)
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