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Etymology 1Edit

⟨iro2ha⟩: */irəjpa//iropa//irofa//iroha/

From Old Japanese.

Compound of いろ (iro, kinship, same family) +‎ (ha, cognate with (haha, mother)).[1][2]

NounEdit

いろは (rōmaji iroha)

  1. mother
    • 母 尔雅云、母爲妣、卑履反、去聲之重、和名波々、日本紀私記云、以路波[3]
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Etymology 2Edit

 
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From a pangrammatic poem written in the mid-Heian period. The earliest textual reference is from 1079 CE.[1][2]

NounEdit

いろは (rōmaji iroha)

  1. 伊呂波, 以呂波, 色葉: a traditional ordering system for kana
  2. (dated) the rudiments, the fundamentals, the basics (of a subject), the ABCs

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ 931938, Wamyō Ruijushō, book 1, page 116: