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U+4E80, 亀
CJK Unified Ideographs
U+2EF2, ⻲

CJK Radicals Supplement

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Stroke order

Glyph origin edit

Variant of , simplified from . The modern Japanese usage is of reform (shinjitai) nature.

Han character edit

(Kangxi radical 213, +0, 11 strokes, cangjie input 弓田中山 (NWLU), four-corner 27716, composition )

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References edit

  • Kangxi Dictionary: not present, would follow page 142, character 28
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 210
  • Hanyu Da Zidian (first edition): volume 8 (in addendum), page 10, character 19
  • Unihan data for U+4E80

Chinese edit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see (“turtle; tortoise; cuckold; etc.”).
(This character is a variant form of ).

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(common “Jōyō” kanjishinjitai kanji, kyūjitai form )

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Etymology 1 edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: S
Alternative spelling
(kame): a turtle.

⟨kame2 → */kaməɨ//kame/

From Old Japanese (kame2). First attested in the Kojiki of 712 CE.[1]

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(かめ) or (カメ) (kame

  1. a tortoise or turtle (land or marine reptile with a shell)
    • 2007, Kōsuke Hasumi, The Biology of Fairy Tales, page 28:
      Yasunde makete shimatta usagi to yasumazu hashitte shōri shita kame.
      The tortoise ran without resting and won, and the hare rested and lost.
  2. (by extension, figurative, as turtles are thought to be good drinkers) a drunkard
  3. a 家紋 (kamon, family crest) with various designs of tortoises
  4. (figurative) sluggishness; also, such a person
  5. a shrugger
  6. (slang, as it resembles a turtle's neck) a penis
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:陰茎
Usage notes edit
  • As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts (where katakana is customary), as カメ.
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Etymology 2 edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
Alternative spelling

From Middle Chinese (MC kwij).

Affix edit

() (ki

  1. tortoise, turtle
  2. tortoise shell used in divination
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See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ ”, in 日本国語大辞典 (Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, Nihon Kokugo Daijiten)[1] (in Japanese), concise edition, Tōkyō: Shogakukan, 2000
  2. ^ Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006) 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998) NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK Publishing, →ISBN

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Hanja edit

(gwi, gyun) (hangeul , , revised gwi, gyun, McCune–Reischauer kwi, kyun)

  1. a turtle's or tortoise's shell